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The project is born to make the architecture more accessible both to professionals and to the citizens through a website that is going to be updated and extended. Contemporary works of greater general interest will be incorporated, always with a necessary historical perspective, while gradually adding works from our past, with the ambitious objective of understanding a greater documented period.
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The single-family house in Llinars del Vallès is located in an urbanisation of single-family homes on the outskirts of this city in the region of El Vallès, in the province of Barcelona.
The plot is the sum of two units of 500 m2 each, so that the house will be a bit larger than the average ones built in the urbanisation. On the other hand, this plot of 1,000 m2 is located at the foot of a small hill so that the land is 2.5-3 m above street level and, at the same time, it connects in a straight line with the urban centre and visually with a mountainous, wooded and extensive landscape.
This direction of arrival, which at the same time the slope is linked to the topography of the land, coincides with the East orientation, when in reality the humid climatology of the region advises orienting the house to the south. On the other hand, the geometry of the plot, with a circular sector, does not contain any suggestion about the implementation of orthogonal axes to refer to the plan.
So the project begins not by fixing a limit or an organised system, but by fixing a centre from which the house spreads out to occupy the plot in a subordinate way.
This centre is immediately identified with a study-library, a space to work during breaks and the rest of the house is articulated (from this centre) around a porch that allows domestic activities in the open air. A piece that identifies and differentiates these second residences, from the first ones linked to the interior space and in the city.
Porch and study will be the elements that originate the house and give rise to a process of work and study that links these two pieces together and covers the "soft" parts of the project: bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, etc.
The instrument that will be used to establish this relationship will be the cover. During the process, successive models are generated that aim to define this relationship. Polarity manifests itself vertically, but also very quickly horizontally: in the south-west the living room and main room, and in the north-west the kitchen and children's and grandchildren's bedrooms. Between both arms there is the porch.
The porch must be extensive, but at the same time it must have natural light through an abatement of part of the roof, which in another step becomes empty.
The artificiality of the system to light the porch does not manage to make a "place" in the geometry of the roof and finally the solution comes to introduce a cut in the roof when it approaches the study, which gives us protection from the sun but abundant natural light from the North that enters through this uncovered floor, next to the centre of the house.