Miguel González Felgueras, founder of Arquitopias architecture studio, was one of the first clients to rely on the versatile visual narrative resources of the studio as an interesting solution to communicate Casa 47 architectonic project.
His architecture, rooted in the modern movement and the International style, Mies Van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto o Neutra admirer and with national refers Coderch o Saéz de Oiza, always screened for his personal background as a student and currently a professor at the architecture school.
The key to my designs is the dialogue with the client and the study and analysis of their needs
In this specific case, the key is the plot and its natural slope.
The first sketch already raised two levels of housing, one partially excavated as a “pseudo-basement” that was below the level of the sidewalk but practically at the same level as the golf course on which the land falls, and another level superior where the entire housing program could be developed and that would turn towards the outside and the beautiful natural environment with large windows.
Photography: Arturo Ferrer
We understand tracking details and technical photographs as a graphic memory of the project, in which we can record work processes or specific solutions that remain hidden in finished work.
They have the ability to show functional solutions that will later remain hidden once the work is finished.
“For me it is essential to generate the project by stepping on the unbuilt natural land before drawing the first line”
The premise that generated the project was precisely the plot, its slopes, its views and the environment in general. For me it is essential to generate the project by stepping on the unbuilt natural land before drawing the first line with my pencil on the office table.
Helping the client with solutions or showing the variety of interior resources to the builder are examples of applications for this graphic memory.
On a conceptual level we find it very interesting to record how the house has been built. Our work aims to show the quality of the construction that transcends the formal beauty of the architecture. How It’s done what you can’t see.
Photography: Arturo Ferrer
More than “integration” I use the term “dialogue” in terms of landscape, I don’t like to mimic myself, but to understand what surrounds me and what you can ask for.
As for the “social” or the “aesthetic,” this project and its circumstances did not require it. Finally, ecologically, I try to conceive my buildings as efficiently as possible and take advantage of natural lighting and cross ventilation as much as possible to rely little on additional mechanized air conditioning.
Photography of the result of the work is an interpretation of the construction process, it consists in understanding the architect’s project, the proposed objectives and reflecting it in a report mode, communicating how the spaces work and how the generated space is inhabited, and not only the building Formal level, how does it work, understanding the project as a tool to live not only as a contemplative piece.
“Natural materials provide quality, warmth and honesty”
Well, natural materials bring quality, warmth and honesty to the final result as I said before. On a technical level we did have to generate some extra solutions during the execution, but the final result was fantastic.
With natural stone I would love to generate a house completely excavated in the land, where both walls and pavements immerse us in a natural environment. An “introverted” house turned inside and invisible to the eyes of those outside. That house could be interesting.
The video still emphasizes that, the photography is more descriptive but the visual narrative of Casa 47 allows you to tell how the space is inhabited rather than make a formal description of it.