zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid

spanish architectural practice, zooco estudio, has completed ‘casa M4’ in the area of torrelodones in madrid. the house is designed to make the most of it’s natural surroundings as it is positioned on a high site and benefits from an impressive aspect of the forest that grows to the south. the building is expressed in three volumes, punctuated with large elements of glazing to frame views of the landscape.

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
all images © imagen subliminal

 

 

the architect has broken down the residential type volume to create a pitched roof form, oriented always towards the north-south direction. the design of these façades generates large openings on two elevations and solid walls on the remaining sides, which facilitates the accommodation of structural elements. as a result, casa M4 is articulated in three volumes, two of which overhang the ground, providing protection and shelter under them. 

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
the limestone façades

 

 

in order to express an idea of solidity in contrast to the pronounced cantilevers, all the volumes are finished in limestone. the design of casa M4 is also noted for the differences between the north-south and east-west facing façades. the former are permeable and light, open to the surroundings, while the latter are solid, heavy walls, inspired by the profile of the house type and the relationship with the surroundings. in essence, the project by zooco estudio results in a house and architecture that opens up a dialogue with it’s surroundings.

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
the solid elevation 

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
the lower volume

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
side elevation

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
side view

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
view of the cantilevers

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
front elevation

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
the three volumes

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid

rear view

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
interior view

zooco estudio articulates casa M4 with three limestone volumes in madrid
interior view

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘casa M4’

location: torrelodones, madrid

architect: zooco estudio

design team: miguel crespo picot, javier guzmán benito, sixto martín martínez

collaborators: maría larriba hombrados, alejandro cortizo garcia

photographer: imagen subliminal

 

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edited by: lynne myers | designboom