House in Irache+
This project develops the brief for a small, permanent family home in Irache, a village in Navarre near the renaissance monastery of the same name right at the foot of the famous Mt. Montejurra.
The monastery silhouette, the natural surroundings defined by the mountain and the magnificent landscape background to the north were the reference points for the project’s configuration. The allotment is on a platform at the upper level of an estate for villas, which grew most intensely and in a somewhat haphazard fashion in the 1970’s and lacks any value that might warrant close attention by the project to the immediate surroundings. The design therefore avoids a close-up, immediate vision and instead seeks its ultimate explanation in a series of references that are physically distant but nearby in terms of appreciation of its true sense of place. The site plan was thus drawn in a way that condensed the presence of these elements, bridging their physical distance and stressing their real weight in the definition of the project.
The brief is developed on three floors- a basement for the garage and a modelling workshop area, the first floor where the main uses are concentrated- bedrooms, living room, dining room, office and kitchen, and finally a raised zone containing the library.
The ground plans are arranged along a linear scheme defined by a simple metal structure with a single portal, an elementary solution for the structural problems which results in a financial saving. This overall plan layout also enables every space within it to enjoy the magnificent landscape background to the north. The upper floor is highlighted by a curved roof that emerges from the linear base of the building. It is conceived with a degree of functional independence, and is a dominant feature of the building’s image. It is understood as a formal reference point and a homage by the house to its extended environment, more specifically to the magnificent monastery seen in the distance from this raised point.
The glass boxes added to the grey stone facades create spaces prior to the entrances, which dilute the boundary with the exterior. Inside, the common access zones between each floor, the living room, dining room and kitchen, are also divided by translucent glass that filters the light while forging a spatial and visual continuity along with the glass pieces manifested outside, thus defining a virtual north-south axis, perpendicular to the predominant alignment of the house plan.
The exterior is constructed in bluish-grey quartzite with a zinc roof which adapts perfectly to the curvature of the top floor.
Av. Navarra, 36, 31208 Ayegui, Navarra, España