The BF Home by OAB-Workplace of Architecture in Barcelona is situated in Castellon de la Plana, Spain, on a terraced plot of 3,265sqm. The terracing is original to the 17th century architecture that was long because abandoned and no longer in existence. Over time Pine and Carob trees reclaimed the internet site and the architects wanted to both respect the heritage of the terracing produced with regional rock, as nicely as the preexisting trees and opted to create a home utilizing prefabricated modular systems that could be placed on the web site without having cutting down any of the trees or disrupting any of the centuries old terracing, except to rebuild the broken sections with the same stone originally employed.
The garage and auxiliary locations of the home are buried and the initial set up of the garage permitted the construction crews to access the upper levels by forklift from a ramp that entered the garage 13m beneath the access level that connects the two volumes. A preexisting stone terrace supports the back portion of the structure and solar power panels with heat pipe technology exactly where installed on the roof to ensure that there will be hot water available for each domestic use and for the under floor heating method.
To lessen the effect on the home, the architects chose a metal structure fabricated in a workshop off internet site ahead of getting transported by means of a flat-deck truck in large sections that could then be assembled on 3 metal, V shaped pillars. The facade is finished on the outside with corrugated sheet metal to avoid glare and heat due to the shadows created by the vertical voids.
Designing the house around a courtyard that is open from below, due to the slope of the land, allows access below the home whilst at the exact same time enabling air currents to cross the patio, taking advantage of the different orientations of the property. This reduces the need to have for utilizing the air-conditioning. With the property revolving about the courtyard, all the rooms face both the sun and the views.
Flights of stairs lead down to the courtyard as effectively as up to the suspended portion of the house. The stairs are also prefabricated steel that has been folded in one continuous kind of riser and tread with the balustrade producing each security and structural support.
The balustrade extends all the way up to the roofline, making a geometric repeat pattern that blends harmoniously with the mullions between each window glazing.
With the lay of the land being as sloped as it is, the views are not just for these inside the BF Property, but also for these enjoying the outdoors from the central courtyard itself.
The kitchen is located in the corner of the two storey section of the property, and even even though it is not facing down the slope, the views are nonetheless fairly great. Taking advantage of the views, the area is developed with a wall of glazing to the view and a large island for prep space, sink and cooktop. The only upper storage wraps about a counter void on the one particular wall with cabinetry. Beautifully modern day, this kitchen is a chef’;s delight.
The social zone of the residence is positioned more than the garage at the front of the property, overlooking the courtyard. Views are intact through the glazings on both sides of the suspended portion of the residence on the other side of the courtyard. Even though this floorplan shows a series of bedrooms in the suspended section, the volume is in fact one huge and open space.
The design is a clever use of the preexisting terracing and the courtyard that the architects developed primarily based on this terracing is simply awesome.
OAB-Workplace of Architecture in Barcelona
Photography by Joan Guillamat & Carlos Escura