ROTA HOUSE by Manuel Ocaña

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The owner,a well-known 65-year-old and single ' Lady of the Theatre ',whose dream was to have a swimming pool in her house; entrusts Manuel Ocaña the reform of a dark housing between party walls in the very center of Madrid. The conditions were to satisfy her desires of having that swimming pool, and also a loft with an elevator and many sunlight.

The placement, an existing building of 8x8 meters of plot in two floors, counts with an only facade in a narrow and dark street oriented to the north and a narrow court of 2 x 2 meters at south. And it is in this side of the plot, at the height of the garret and looking south, where the best thing of the house is discovered: a wonderful and luminous sight of the roofs of the historical Madrid. The architect thought the house as a tour from the dark lowest floor to the brighter highest floor.

By means of simple demolition operations there were opened spanning slabs in waterfall towards the south to fill the three levels with sunlight, transforming the court into an interior vertical space that exceeds the swimming pool through the house.

...........................................................................................© Miguel de Guzmán

The house has four machines to control and condition the temperature and humidity of the environment according to the own wishes of comfort of the user. The passive conditioning is solved by means of crossed ventilation. The ground floor is waterproof, with the soils, walls and roofs painted with white chlorinated rubber, and the stairs of sheet treated with marine glaze, which allows to create unpredictable situations of comfort in a domestic environment like, for example, to submerge in the warm water of the swimming pool while it rains or snows … in the inside.

ADDRESS: Travesía de Conde Duque. Madrid
ARCHITECT: Manuel Ocaña
CLIENT: C. Rota
PHOTOGRAPHER: Miguel de Guzman
INFO: http://www.manuelocana.com/


March 2008
Article published on A10 magazine #20 . Link here