Concrete House Details:
Architects: Rubén Muedra Estudio de Arquitectura
Location:46960 Aldaia, Valencia, Spain
Principal Architects: Rubén Muedra
Area: 390,00 m2
Photographer: Adrián Mora Maroto – Javier Ortega
Collaborators: Marina Victoria, Emilio Belda, Inés Fabra, Javier Muedra.
Structure: Emilio Belda
Building Engineer: Rubén Clavijo
Interior Design: Rubén Muedra Estudio de Arquitectura
Construction: Nideker Houses
Construction Year: 2015 (11 months)
About the Architecture Firm
RUBEN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA S.L. is an architecture studio led by Rubén Muedra Ortiz, who has a 10-year career in the professional practice of architecture. His work has always been oriented to the pursuit of excellence in each project, making a quality architecture. Each project that enters the study is a new challenge and the firm always tries to achieve complete customer satisfaction taking the client’s uniqueness into consideration.
Exposed Concrete House’ Formwork
The Concrete House is a corner house with a powerful structure built on two levels distinguished by their function and materials. By means of exposed concrete formwork with wooden planks on the upper levels and with covered black steel slats on the lower areas. To create continuity, the outside courtyards are created and defined by black deployé.
Privacy Created by a Park and a Green Boulevard
With a park and a green boulevard in its immediate surroundings, the house must maintain its privacy while also allowing its dwellers to enjoy the excellent views. For this reason, the designs include few but large and strategically situated hollows that offer spectacular distant views. A glass-enclosed central courtyard is added to articulate the inside of the house as compensation.
The Style of Construction Also Connects the Outside and Inside areas
The ground floor corresponds to the public and leisure use of the building (as well as the parking area). It is completely concealed from the street view and opens up to the interior courtyards. While granting complete privacy in an urban setting, this style of construction also connects the outside and inside areas by means of large windows defining the ground floor porch.
The First Floor is Used as a Day Area and the Second Floor as a Night Area
The everyday functions and uses of the house are carried out in the day area on the first floor, and the second floor is dedicated to night use. Both levels have exterior views through large cut-out spaces in the concrete prism, and both open up to a large central interior courtyard. This predominant area creates a high-quality of living with its optimum natural illumination and cross ventilation in all interior spaces.
Powerful Character of the Exterior Mixed With Quality Interior Spaces in the Concrete House
On the inside, the porcelain pavement in large format gives the appearance of a continuous floor that extends to the courtyards. Vertical paneled walls in maple wood separate the service area from the noble area, both of which are connected with continuous ceilings and indirect linear illumination. The vertical structure communicating the sections brings textured concrete to the interior of the house, also evident in the cement double-step staircase with a solid oak imprint that connects the three levels of the house.
The massive and powerful character of the exterior contrasts with the warmth and detailed quality in the interior spaces.