The Asu Houses / Ramos Bilbao Arquitectos
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Text description provided by the architects. Located in a privileged place within a privileged enclave, the Asu houses are designed to be interpreted as a clear pattern of single-family houses that dance to the same rhythm, a composition of moving volumes caused by the adaptation to light and subtle but noticeable irregularities, which maintain their independence from each other as part of the same family. This slight movement gives the volume softness, dynamism and visual richness, avoiding becoming a rough and cold volume.
On the one hand, each of the houses is adapted to the needs of each tenant; however, at the same time, all the houses maintain a common motif: soft and pleasant finishes that evoke the natural elements that characterize this coastal area (sand, beach, sea). The light that nourishes them is used to the maximum, materializing through gaps strategically practiced to maintain that intimate relationship with the Cantabrian Sea so appreciated in this place.
The volumetric game seems essential for the tangible realization of these concepts. Its slight vertical and horizontal movement is sufficient to, in addition to facilitating the adaptability to the slope of the ground, allow the entry of light while contributing, at the same time, to remove the weight and the coarseness of the whole making independent units and being able to apprehend them as a whole. of single-family homes. The base rises from the ground like a plinth, protecting living spaces from ground contact. The choice of limestone, natural, cut, and blocks of this same massive limestone for the access details to the houses guarantee this protection.
The multiple advantages of projected cork, a flexible, fireproof, waterproof and insulating material, are used to cover the entire facade and dye it immaculate white, thus purifying the volumetric game. This, combined with the generation of emission-free energy through geothermal heat pumps, makes the complex a light and friendly room in harmony with the nature of the Cantabrian coast, a respectful resting place in an ideal enclave.