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The Burrow

Madrid, Spain delavegacanolasso

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Category Personal Places
Studio: delavegacanolasso (Madrid, Spain)
Authors: Pilar Cano-Lasso, Ignacio de la Vega
Location: Madrid, Spain
Program: Housing, single,
State: Renovation, extension, transformation
Video credits: Dr. Cato / Alejando Cano Carretero / www.drcato.com
Image credits: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

visual material

general aspects

From the first caves, it took centuries to conquer the house’s privacy. Fresh courtyards, meandering accesses, accurate shadows. The correct use of light and view, little openings in thick walls.

Today’s architecture has forgotten the importance of privacy and has succumbed to exhibitionism. Great windows in thin walls looking nowhere, showing everything. Changing mystery for the evident.
“La madriguera (the burrow)” pretends to get the house back to its essence, claiming the importance of the introverted against the extroverted.

The house as a lair, a hideout, a shelter. A reflection which distorts and expands the garden, while confuses and protects. I can not guess the inside, a bit closer, now i can peep through the great silver oculus drilling the reflection. But, What´s inside? a woman looks herself in a mirror, in a garden, immersed in a pond.
The opposite view, from the inside, is fully covered with vegetation, a pond full of water and flowers flooding the view through the oculus.

about the category

it's name "personal places" reflects the path that residential architecture must follow. Today’s architecture has forgotten the importance of privacy and has succumbed to exhibitionism. Great windows in thin walls looking nowhere, showing everything. Changing mystery for the evident.
“La madriguera (the burrow)” pretends to get the house back to its essence, claiming the importance of the introverted against the extroverted.