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Casa Hemeroscopium
Hemeroscopium House
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DESIGNER
 
 
Ensamble Studio
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DESCRIPTION
 
Casa Hemeroscopium Anton Garcia-Abril Ensamble StudioHemeroscopium is for the Greek the place where the sun sets, an allusion to a place that exists only in our mind, in our senses. It is constantly moving and mutable, but is nonetheless real. It is enclosed, delimited and suggested by the horizon, though it is defined by light and only takes place in a precise moment of time.

Casa Hemeroscopium Anton Garcia-Abril Ensamble StudioHemeroscopium house draws up the boundaries of a domestic space establishing a strong relationship with the horizon. It wraps space with an apparently unstable game of balancing structures which let the vision escape without restraint. The place is defined by heavy dense structures, solid strokes in space, that suggest the constant flowing forces of gravity that balance the structure making it steady and stable. The order in which the beams are placed generate a helicoidal shape, an asdendant spiral of elements that become lighter as the structure grows. It rises setting off from the main beam to culminate in its crowning point with a granite stone. acheiving a perfect equilibrium. Seven elements piled. The design of their joints meet the constructive needs and structural peculiarities of each beam, attending to their singular requirements.

Once the structure is set, the space inside it becomes aerial, transparent, light and delicate , making the area flow constantly with its own energy and life. The apparent simplicity of the beam´ s junctions have demanded the development of complex engineering calculations. The building is possible due to the combination of reinforced precasted and postcasted concrete beams strategically placed to become a sole composition.

It took us a year to figure out the answer to make the equilibrium between elements possible and only seven days to build the structure. Elements were completely prefabricated and deadlines were followed strictly, coordination was the key stone.

Thus, a new astonishing language is invented where form disappears and a naked space is created. Space, its nudity and emptiness is framed by a solid and dense structure. Hemeroscopium house materializes equilibrium with what in Ensamble Studio we ironically call the G point, a twenty ton granite stone, expression of the force of gravity, a counterweight to the whole structure´s mass.
Casa Hemeroscopium Anton Garcia-Abril Ensamble Studio
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Europe
Nation
Spain [España]
Region
Madrid
Province
Madrid
Town
Las Rozas
Address
Calle Cabo Candelaria
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Residential buildings
Detached, semi-detached houses and villas
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2005    
Realisation
2008
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
William Wiles, "Hemeroscopium. Anton Garcia-Abril", Icon 95, may 2011, pp. 61-62
Anton Garcia-Abril, "Element: the patio of my house", GA Houses 118, october 2010, pp. 120-121
Anton Garcia-Abril, "Hemeroscopium House, Las Rozas, Madrid, Spain, Anton Garcia-Abril", GA Houses 117, july 2010, pp. 48-59
"Hemeroscopium House, Madrid, Spain. Anton Garcia Abril", A+U. Architecture and Urbanisme 477, june 2010 [Living in, looking out], pp. 50-57
"Antón García-Abril. Hemeroscopium House. Madrid, Spagna", Casabella 776, aprile/april 2009, pp. 24-33
Enrico Molteni, "Il paradosso della forza di gravità", Casabella 776, aprile/april 2009, pp. 25-27 (24-33)
Alberto Campo Baeza, "Una casa per Adamo cacciato dal Paradiso"Casabella 776, aprile/april 2009, p. 29 (24-33)
"Casa Hemeroscopium, Las Rozas, Madrid/Hemeroscopium House, La Rozas (Madrid)", AV Monografías/Monographs 120, VII-VIII 2006 [Casa nuestra/Iberian Houses], "Tres ensayos y un poema/Three Essays and a Poem" pp. 142-147
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CLIENT
 
 
Hemeroscopium
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
footprint sq.m. 400
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STAFF
 
Design
Ensamble Studio / Materia Inorgánica
Project architect
Antón García-Abril
Collaborators
Elena Pérez, Débora Mesa, Jorge Consuegra, Marina Otero, Ricardo Sanz
Quantity surveyor
Javier Cuesta
Developer
Materia Inorgánica
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Ensamble Studio / Materia Inorgánica
Text edited by Ensamble Studio / Materia Inorgánica
Courtesy by Ensamble Studio / Materia Inorgánica

Casa Hemeroscopium Anton Garcia-Abril Ensamble Studio



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