Origen is a project born from the wishes to inhabit a wonderful place, a garden-house.
The place: A plot of land of almost a hectare in size in the middle of a natural park, topographically very flat and facing the south. A true paradise on Earth.
When we are faced with such perfect nature, we cannot help but be overwhelmed and simply admire it. However, almost by itself, the project begins to take shape: it will only try to frame the land and put it in value. Unity will be the challenge.
A PLACE KEEPS IN ITS DNA THE KEY THAT WILL OPEN UP THE ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT.
On the other hand is the purpose. Quoting master Álvaro Siza: “Architecture is, above all, the creation of a stage for man.” In this case, we need to develop a single-family house of about 2,500 m2 with a set of a complex functional requirements that include spa areas, wellness spaces, guest areas, gourmet room, etc.
I was always amazed by the Alhambra in Granada, with its sequence of entwined courtyards and gardens, open to the sky, filtering the beautiful light of southern Andalusia, creating thousands of forms and shadows on its walls. Light is one of the central themes of architecture. Being able to understand and dose it is the key to creating a truly magical space. It is the only material that is given to us freely and, fortunately, here in our land it is in abundance, like liquid gold. You have to know how to love it and treat it well or it will rebel against you.
THE NEED TO CAPTURE AND UNDERSTAND THIS LIGHT, TO PLAY WITH IT AND TAME IT IS ONE OF THE KEYS TO THE SUCCESS OF OUR PROJECT.
The building is developed on a single floor, taking a large part of the plot and embracing the landscape. It is a forceful and precise volume that closes outwards, jealous of the privacy of its inhabitants and opening completely to the natural
Inside, there is a sequence of patios, gardens and water features with light boxes around which the living spaces are organized, creating the notion of living in a garden. The boundary between inside and outside is constantly blended together and diluted.
The shapes and materials used seek to blend in with the place. We will use a simple and precise palette of noble and natural materials: stone, glass, wood, water and, finally, the plant matter that will communicate with nature in the only honest language we have, the language of shapes and geometry.