Renowned architect Ramón Esteve designed another magnificent home in Valencia. Various volumes were used, which interact with the natural light and are constructed from natural materials. The interior had to become an intimate space where the residents can ‘build their own universe’.
The Spanish architect and designer Ramón Esteve has many beautiful creations on his record of achievements. Just think of Quarry House or his outdoor collection for Talenti. So, we don't have to introduce him to you anymore. Instead, we would like to take you to one of his latest projects, Madrigal House, located in Valencia. The design of the house is based on several enclosing 'boxes' – which house the different rooms – and courtyards – which catch the sunlight. The two elements are connected by two horizontal platforms that also enclose the entire space.
A contrast of light and shade.
To emphasise these elements, the floor was raised thirty centimetres from ground level. Together with the white concrete roof, this paving reinforces the sensation of horizontality. ‘The house is enclosed within stone walls like a fence, creating an intimate space where you can build your own universe,’ the architect tells us.
The positioning of the 'boxes' between the concrete slabs creates intermediate spaces that hold the volumes together and house the communal areas of the house. These rooms extend outside and enjoy a beautiful view of the garden that surrounds the house. The positioning of the volumes is reflected in the design of the swimming pool, a shattered rectangle, reminiscent of the horizontal decor and ditto composition. The architect chose materials in their raw form, such as wood, natural stone and concrete. Stone masonry was chosen for the bedrooms, setting these rooms apart from the rest of the building. The sunlight that seeps into the house is filtered through the wooden shutters.
Interaction with natural light occurs throughout the house, by controlling the indirect access of that light to each room. The spaces created between the volumes and the openings in the slab create a contrast of light and shade throughout the building. Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Mariela Apollonio