Madrid Based studio Otto Medem Architecture has designed La Florida Residence.
Completed in 2010, this two story contemporary home is located in Madrid, Spain.
La Florida Residence by Otto Medem Architecture:
“The Florida’s house is one of the most representative project in our office.
From the beginning of the project we knew that one of the most important factors influencing the design, would be the location of the house.
The lot was very close to the A6 highway, a very important road in Madrid, so the constant noise made it an uncomfortable place for a home in spite of the location: a quiet place with lots of vegetation. Thus the orientation was a basic factor from the first design.
From these ideas and other aesthetic and functional components, in accordance with our office philosophy, the idea emerged: THE PROTECTIVE ARM.
We wanted the house to function like arms that protect its users from the exterior noise and from the cold north. The idea materialized in giving the house a two piece “L” shape that oriented away from the highway and receives light and sun warmth from the southeast.
The project’s design, floors and shape evolved to what they are today, in order to meet the needs of the client.
The rooms were distributed in three levels. The ground floor and the upper floor were oriented toward the garden, but the basement was semi-buried, so we designed 3 courtyards to attract light in this side of the house.
The final result was highly satisfying, both for the customer and our office.”
Photos by: Otto Medem de la Torriente and Luis H. Segovia