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Aluminum House

Aluminum House

Architect
Fran Silvestre Architects
Location
Madrid, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2016
Category
Private Houses
Stories By
Fran Silvestre Architects

GANDIABLASCO
Diego Opazo
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
SuppliersGANDIABLASCO
Bathroom AccessoriseZucchetti. Kos
lounge chairVitra.
KitchenVarenna
MATRIX
manufacturerAntonio Lupi Design S.p.A.
manufacturerBetacryl

Product Spec Sheet
Suppliers
Bathroom Accessorise
lounge chair
Kitchen
MATRIX by Varenna
manufacturer
manufacturer

Aluminum House

Fran Silvestre Architects as Architects

A consolidated landscape surrounded by gardens with big trees within the metropolis of Madrid is the fortunate starting point of this house.


The piece, of metallic and horizontal nature, produces the effect of having just one storey. With its proportions and materiality it both contrasts and blends with the tall trees of its environment.


The scale of the house is moderated through the understanding of the day area as a base emerging from the same natural stone which paves part of the plot. The night zone is placed on it and focuses the view to the north and south while protecting itself from the eyes of the neighbours and generating shaded terraces in which to enjoy the exterior.


The substantially square plan is designed to unite the program in a compact way. The staircase and central inner atrium distribute the rooms, establishing a functional hierarchy in which all spaces open up to the garden.

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Blau, small scale architecture

GANDIABLASCO as Suppliers

Fran who directs Fran Silvestre architects is a passionate adherent of architecture, design and art. The search for efficient beauty lends form to his architectural projects and is clearly legible in the BLAU outdoor furniture collection for GANDIABLASCO. BLAU exemplifies the aesthetic concept of Fran at a smaller scale than his usual architectural projects but is established on the same premises in terms of deign, quality, efficiency and beauty.

“The concept of the BLAU collection comes from a search for innovative tradition” explains Fran. The idea was to “take a typical Mediterranean piece of furniture and make it material using soldered aluminium.” Using “the minimum amount of material necessary in the simplest of ways,” he designed an outdoors sculptural light fitting, and subsequent furniture collection that features chaise-longues, arm chairs, chairs, tables, sofas and foot rests made entirely of either anodised or powder-coated

aluminium. This manufacturing system that includes perforated panels for the seating, achieves an extremely light touch, almost translucent: “The light can pass through, making the various elements appear extremely light”. This porosity makes the pieces appear different according to the time of day and the angle of view.

The ‘pared back’ to the essentials design of the BLAU outdoor furniture collection which won a prestigious NYCxDesign Award in the Outdoor category and that expresses so perfectly the Mediterranean lifestyle clearly evoked in all the work of Fran Silvestre, is both an harmonious and timeless collection. Based in Valencia Fran Silvestre Architects has received important prizes such as the MH in Berlin (2009) and a Red Dot Award (2013) as well as the German Design Award (2016).

Within the following three projects that we profile the BLAU outdoor furniture pieces become an extension of the architecture within their surroundings, characteristics that are regularly highlighted in the work of Fran.

With the Aluminum House situated in Madrid, designed in 2016, the integration of BLAU is carried out through an eloquent and very simple approach. Furniture elements are organised under a porch and in front of the swimming pool underlining the metallic and horizontal character of the building that gives the impression of being a single storey structure integrated with the surrounding trees.

Within this context the chaise-longues, the chairs and the tables appear as an architectural extension to the house opening up towards the landscape.

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