House in Torremocha

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Villa
  • Company/Firm
    Ignacio Borrego Arquitectos
  • Lead Designer
    Ignacio Borrego
  • Other Designer(s)
    de Gracia Wittenberg, R. Gayarre, M. di Salvo, M. Casagrande, V. Choudhary, C. Pellegrini, E.Filippi
  • Architect
    Ignacio Borrego
  • Construction Company
  • Photo Credit
    Javier Orive
  • Location
    Torremocha de Jarama, Spain
  • Project Date
  • Developer
    A. Akalay

Lying down is free and anything else is architecture. This is how Jorge Wagensberg defined the alteration of the territory caused by architecture. This helps us to protect ourselves from the uncertainty of the weather, but it must also allow us to settle on a place. A house is not only the envelope that protects us from the cold and the sun, but it is the alteration of the ground line to be able to relate to it in a comfortable way.
We are located on the southern slope of Somosierra, in the vicinity of the Lozoya and Jarama rivers, near their confluence. The steep slope of the plot and its optimal orientation towards south invites us to turn our back on the slope and face towards the distant views.
The requirement of a large outdoor space and a preferably separate sports court converts the project into a sequence of retaining walls and terraces to make horizontal platforms possible, between which there are two interior habitable levels. The upper one, more dedicated to the cold seasons, houses the fireplace and is more exposed to the sun, and the lower one, for the summer periods, is sheltered within the ground and opens up to the views and to the pool space protected in all its op