Half Buried House

Aspe´s half buried house is located in the typical inner Alicante´s half desertic landscape, amongst irrigated crops and low mountains of great beauty, yet surrounded by a single family residential tissue, dense and repetitive.

Half Buried House - Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Half Buried House – Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Winters are not too cold, and at the same time there is a dominant West wind that lowers thermal feeling. Summers are very hot and dry.

Half Buried House - Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Half Buried House – Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Project´s main goal was to achieve an special place, highly related to landscape, in order to live comfortably. Project´s strategy was to work at the same time plot, landscape and building, to obtain the most of them, enhancing themselves to each other.

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Landscape is a prolongation of the garden, which is a prolongation of the home.
Thermal confort was achieved by partially burying the dwelling. Thanks to that, the house takes advantage of the thermal inertia, that naturally adjusts temperature. This, together with a targeted orientation that obtains winnings in winter and protection in summer, plus a crossed ventilation, results into a thermal responsive home.

Half Buried House - Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Half Buried House – Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

By burying the house taking advantage of the plot´s slope, two flat levels are activated: the terrace-garden area above, plus the house level where pool is located as well.

Half Buried House - Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Half Buried House – Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

House´s floor plan has S shape, attached to plot´s west edge, where entrance is located too. Dwelling is required pass in order to access the plot, protecting at the same time the pool. Inner S side generates an open court where main rooms and circulation face, creating an extension of inner space towards outer garden, without an intimacy loss.

Half Buried House - Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Half Buried House – Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Result is a white construction that highlights the house, and that embeds itself into the terrain, interweaving with gardens, courtyards, inner spaces and terraces, creating different ways of experiencing the place, and relating to the landscape.

Half Buried House - Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Half Buried House – Courtesy of Andrés Flasjzer

Project Info
Architects : eneseis architects
Location : Alicante, Spain
Year : 2012
Type : Residential
Photographs : Andrés Flasjzer

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