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Single Family House / Alonso-Planas House

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Alonso-Planas House


1995-1998

Esplugues de Llobregat, Tarragona,España


This extremely long, trapezoidal plot varies in height by some 16 meters between the top level, which follows the escarpment of the mountain, and the bottom. There is an entrance lower down one side of it.

Two valleys are overlooked from the top level, with views over the city of Barcelona and the flatlands of the Llobregat, the sea forming a backdrop in both instances.

The project design proposes siting the main body of the house in the upper part of the plot, perpendicular to the contour lines. A number of horizontal spaces are thus obtained to the front and rear, providing perfect orientation towards the south, plus vistas of the two valleys. This narrow and long built mass is divided into three floors in which the domestic program is evolved. This is related externally to both the front patio-courtyard with is swimming pool and solarium, and the landscaped borders at the rear, which are reached from the intermediary level. Lastly, the upper level above the interior double space has a set of more private, intramural terraces.

The entire edifice is set on a base excavated in the mountainside, which accommodates the entrances to the house, parking areas, service quarters, swimming pool shell and, below the patio-courtyard described above, the painting and sculpture studios. These are lit by a huge horizontal opening formed by a leaning concrete slab, which occupies the view from the upper patio.

Access to the building from the lower roadway is provided by a path which gradually snakes up between copses of holm oak, bushes and banks of earth carpeted with climbing plants. This path leads to the entrance located in a wall and, in the entrance hall of the house, garage and studios. The walls, decks and porches of the house, are constructed of bear concrete and the enclosures of specially made white engineer’s brick, with long lintels and latticework. The woodwork is in teak and the openings protected by a set of slats, suspended and held taut by a complex mechanical system.

ARCHITECTS

Carlos Ferrater
Joan Guibernau

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Lluís Casals

Monographs

CARLOS FERRATER. OAB. 2006. Editorial Manel Padura. 978-84-934525-6-8. p. 180-187;

CARLOS FERRATER. MATERIALITY. 2003. Joan Sabaté. Barcelona Torho S.A. ISBN: 84-89698-76-7. p. 76-81;

CARLOS FERRATER. WORKS AND PROJECTS. Intr. A. Pizza. 2002. 1º Edición. Editorial Electa, Milán. Phaidon Press. 1-9043-1308-6. p. 60-67;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. W. Curtis. 2000. 2º Edición. Editorial Actar. 84-95273-40-3. p. 234-245;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. E. Mantese. 2000. Munilla-Lería. Madrid. 84-89150-40-0. p. 58-65;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. W. Curtis. 1998. 1º Edición. Editorial Actar. 84-95273-40-3. p. 202-213;

CARLOS FERRATER. Ignasi de Solà-Morales. 1995. COAC. (www.editorialelecta.com). B23715-995. p. 98-99;

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Book Chapters

EL ARTE DE CONSTRUIR. 1999. Valenciana de Cementos. p. 2-3; contraportada;

CASAS MINIMALISTAS. 2002. Book’s factory. p. 62-69, 96-111;

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Cathalogs

TORHO. FERRATER – TOVOT. 2005. Obras realizadas con pieza prefabricada de hormigón FERRATER-TOVOT. p. 9-10;

8th INTERNATIONAL ALVAR AALTO SYMPOSIUM. 2000. p. 98-113;

PREMIS FAD 1999 ARQUITECTURA – INTERIORISME1999 . p. 46-49;

8th INTERNATIONAL ALVAR AALTO SYMPOSIUM. 2000. p. 98-113;

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Magazines

CASA VIVA. Nº26. Jun, 2010. Una galería privada. p. 96-106;

THE PHAIDON ATLAS OF CONTEMPORARY WORLD ARCHITECTURE. 2004. p. 411;

INEX HOUSING. Volúmen 5. 2005. p. 36-39;

MAGAZINE. EL MUNDO. Oct, 2001. Por amor al arte. (21.10.2001) p. 48-49;

SPACE. Nº387. 2000. Korea. p. 50-71;

MEJORES CASAS DE DISEÑO INTERIOR. Nº7. 2000. p. 28-39;

D – LA REPUBLICA DELLE DONNE. Nº202. 2000. Interni ad Arte. p. 192-197;

LA REPUBLICA DELLE DONNE. Nº202. 2000. p. 192-197;

MAGAZINE. LA VANGUARDIA. Nov, 1999. Viviendas actuales con visión de futuro. (07.11.1999) p. 78-81;

DISEÑO INTERIOR. Nº88. 1999. Madrid. p. Portada; 88-89;

ON DISEÑO. Nº203. 1999. Premis Fad 1998. p. 225-223;

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Audio/Videos

UPCOMMONS. Feb, 2010. Projectes 2009-2010. Conferència “Casas y Habitantes” para los alumnos de 3º curso de la ETSAB. Alberto Peñín, realiza la introducción con una clase, “La introducción de un piano” Link: http://upcommons.upc.edu/video/handle/2099.2/1485