Cala House in Madrid by Alberto Campo Baeza

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Residential Development Madrid, central Spain design by Alberto Campo Baeza Architects

11 Jan 2016

Cala House in Madrid

Design: Alberto Campo Baeza

Location: Madrid, Spain

The house is located on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon none other than Madrid’s western mountain range viewed from Camarines.

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At ground level it doesn’t appear to be anything special, but as we go up we feast our eyes on a panoramic view of the urban landscape of the east of Madrid.

Cala House

From the four towers to the left to the Madrid tower to the right. Beautiful, and curious also. Logically the more public parts of the house will be at the upper levels to frame and enjoy the stunning views.

Cala House

Complying with prevailing regulations we are required to work with a square ground plan of 12×12 m that is divided into four 6×6 m squares. Following this pattern, the ground planes are raised, square by square, with a simple helicoidal movement.

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The spaces are of double height and intersect with one another producing diagonality which is also helicoidal. The result very well explains the proposal we set out with, namely that 2+2+2 is more than just 6.

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Thus in this house a known spatial mechanism is employed, the Raumplan, with the concatenation of spiraling double spaces. Each two double spaces are connected by vertical displacement so that a diagonal space is created.

Cala House

Cala House

If, as we go up, we turn 90 degrees and connect it with the other two, and if we continue to go up turning a further 90 degrees, we get an amazing spatial structure: the concatenation of three spiraling diagonal spaces, just like a corkscrew, which further explains our statement that 2+2+2 is much more than 6.

Cala House

Cala House

Once the house is built and the appropriate openings are made, just like those of a musical instrument, so that it is filled with light, and once that instrument is tuned, we can highlight the movement of the solid light of the sun throughout the day.

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The rooftops planted with jasmine and vines will be a delightful feature, their large spaces framing this strange Madrid landscape. Similarly framed with vines and jasmines will be the porches below opening onto the garden.

Cala House

Cala House

Cala House in Madrid – Building Information

Location: Aravaca, Madrid, Spain
Project: 2013
Built: 2015
Area: 500 sqm

Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza
Collaborator: Ignacio Aguirre López
Structure: Andrés Rubio Morán
Quantity Surveyor: Francisco Melchor Gallego
Contractor: Serviteco

Cala House

Cala House

Cala House

Photography: Javier Callejas Sevilla

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Location: Madrid, Spain, southwestern Europe

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