Casa Pitch Near Madrid is all Stone and Concrete
Casa Pitch in Madrid by Iñaqui Carnicero has just been completed. It took five years to build. The structure is located on a rocky slope called “los Peñascales” – which means rocky area in Spanish.
As if gathered out of the rock, the whole house is itself a massive weight of concrete. Under the gigantic weight of concrete, a single horizontal plane defines the building’s footprint, where daily life goes on.
On this floor, all the furniture is reduced to one single element that has very different functions: storage, kitchen, sitting area and entrance windbreak. All the wardrobes are concentrated in one single strip that is attached to the façade, improving the thermal behavior of the building and therefore reducing its energy consumption.
Indoors and out, the floor of this level is hewn from large pieces of a chalky white limestone.
The limestone floor throughout serves to cool the interior space, reducing energy use inside.
A distant horizon view is unimpeded by walls. Instead, the masses of the building are above and below the view.
The deep overhang provides the protection from Spain’s ever hotter sun. The lighted area upstairs is where the sleeping quarters are. Everything else is on the swimming pool floor. Below this level, cars are parked.