the house with a thousand faces
OOIIO Architecture plays with bold geometries for ‘LLO House’, a single-family home in Valdemorillo, Spain. The final composition is presented as a series of angular volumes that interconnect and point in different directions, framing panoramic views of the mountainous landscape around Madrid. The presence of several trees and rocks on the property was a great challenge that led the team to gently intervene in the existing vegetation with a design running through it. Taking shape as a large spatial pinwheel – as the architects recall – the project aims to open up to the horizon but itself becomes a sculpture with expressive forms of materials and shapes. From the point of view of a passer-by, the house emerges with vague boundaries and invites you to discover them gradually by walking around it.
‘Walking around the building, a passer-by discovers that the house is never the same, it has a thousand faces.’ shares the studio based in Madrid. ‘It’s a house that looks in different places, and besides, when you look at it, it will always look different, depending on the time of day, the season and the location. You will always see a different house. A nuance, a shadow that projects with a precise inclination, but never the same as before. ‘all images by Javier de Paz
Variety of shapes and materials in domestic residential architecture
The functions are distributed in the various masses, each of which opens generously in different directions. The centerpiece of the building is a double-height space that embraces the staircase and acts as a link between the two levels. The imposing geometries of the project are softened by a skin of clay-type ceramic pieces in reddish and grayish tones and smoothly integrate the building into its natural environment. At the same time, its muted color palette creates a nice contrast with the touches of green as a background. The interior, also designed by OOIIO Architecture (more here), shows a similar character following the earthy tones expressed in the spaces. A series of terracotta mosaics combined with wood in shades of natural and mint green are strategically positioned in the central staircase, in the living room or in the kitchen furniture, thus creating an aesthetic continuity between inside and outside. the functions are distributed among the various masses
the house looks different depending on the viewing angles