Compluvium House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Compluvium House

The Greeks, as well as the Etruscans and the Romans used compluvium in aristocratic dwellings to lead rainwater to the impluvium. This opening, which was made in the center of the domus, was initially used to vent the smoke from the fires made in the homes.

Over time, this aperture kept growing in proportion favoring the lighting, the ventilation of the rooms and the collection of water that was carried out in the impluvium. We like to think of this house located in the center of Madrid as an interpretation of this element, which also grants privacy to the house from neighboring buildings.

The rooms open out to the interior space, the opposing spaces allow an axial vision throughout the plot. With this mechanism it is sought that the house meets the duality of having a very open spatiality and simultaneously a bounded perception of space.

This element allows to have a wide exterior space whose shadow evolves throughout the day. Inside this area there is a water sheet located at the only point of the place where the distant views escape above the neighboring houses. Source by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.

  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Architect: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Project Team: Fran Silvestre, Rubén March (Collaborating Architect)
  • Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
  • Collaborators: María Masià, Pablo Camarasa, Estefanía Soriano, Sandra Insa, Ricardo Candela, Sevak Asatrián, Vicente Picó, Jose Manuel Arnao, Rosa Juanes, Gemma Aparicio, Paz Garcia-España, Ángel Pérez, Juan Fernandez, Javi Hinojosa, Pau Ricós, Andrea Baldo, Blanca Larraz, Carlos Lucas, Miguel Massa, Paloma Feng, Jorge Puig (Collaborating Engineer), Alicia Simón (Collaborating Designer)
  • MArch Architecture and Design: Pablo Larroulet, Gino Brollo, Ángelo Brollo
  • Financial Manager: Ana de Pablo
  • Marketing and Communication: Sara Atienza
  • Year: 2020
  • Images: Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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