Santos House

Architecture Design Award Winner.
Awarded Silver for Good Architecture, Building and Structure Design.

Santos House
by Fernando Abelleyro

  • Awarded April 15, 2020
  • CLIENT: Fernando Abelleyro, architect
  • 509

Using wood as the main constructive element, the house displaces its two levels in section, generating a glazed roof to integrate with the context and allow natural light to enter. The double height space articulates that relationship between the ground floor, the upper floor and the landscape. A metal roof over the skylight flies, protecting it from the incidence of the western sun and formally rebuilding the volume, framing the vision of the natural environment. The program is articulated by locating public uses on the ground floor and private uses on the upper floor.

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Fernando Abelleyro

Designer of Santos House


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Interview with Fernando Abelleyro on Santos House

What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
The project seeks to establish a relationship between the house and the context,to enable maximum natural light. Moving the floors in section, creating a double-height space with a glazed ceiling, which allows the interior of the house on its two floors to be visually and spatially integrated with the surroundings, favoring the entry of light. In turn, a metal roof with a wooden structure that flies over skylight, protects it from the incidence of the west sun.
What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
The need to promote a typological construction that enhances versatility and constructive possibility that wood offers; in our country it was never widely accepted as a reliable and noble construction material. It was necessary to generate a project wich expresses the potential of this wonderful material.The inspiration was given by the context itself, given the search to articulate a fluid relationship between the house and the landscape. An strong spatial and visual relationship with the context,
What are your future plans for this award winning design?
I really don´t know. The most wonderful thing about this project is that it has transcended the horizons I imagined.
Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
The client wanted a small wooden house in a fantastic natural landscape. When visiting the place, I imagined a project that solves three conditions, relationship with the environment, spatiality and materiality.
Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
My architectural “baggage” is the result of an internal search for improvement, and the teachings of my dear proffesor and teacher Mario Linder, the reading of the masters, Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wrigh, Gaudí. They made me understand how wonderful is to have a passion for design, to feel that we positively transform people's lives.
Who is the target customer for his design?
For this particualr design he was a private client, a fantastic Film Producer whose name is Rolando Santos. He was fascinated by the idea, and support any stage of the project.
What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?
I think that question can be answered by my colleagues better than me. I think all designers seek to create a project that is different from what already exists.
How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
Santos, it was always like this. It is the name of its owner, Rolando Santos, a tribute to his trust and support.
What is the most unique aspect of your design?
I suppose it is the conjunction of three aspects, the idea, its contextuality and its material.
Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
The Architect Pablo Coles collaborated with me on the construction aspects, and Proffesor Mariano Mirengo, who had a sawmill and knowledge of wood. We had to train people who made wood roofs, who had some skill in handling the material, since there were no trained personnel to build wooden houses.
What is the role of technology in this particular design?
Fundamental.The totality of the house is made of wood, structure, ceilings and floors, calculated and dimensioned considering the architectural modulation and commercial availability in terms of market sections and pieces, optimizing and rationalizing the construction..
What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
The economic difficulties that my country went through during the construction process
How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
Fortunately, he had already participated in other international competitions and had obtained awards (Ireland, Spain). It is a way of understanding where I am standing as a designer worldwide. A ´Design Award is a wonderful space, I have discovered thousands of design projects in all disciplines, a" world bank of inspiring cultures", which allows you to understand the world of design much better, more broadly, better understand your place, and what think the world of your creativity.
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
Yes, just the last refelction: "The challenge of reflecting, designing and building." University training and professional practice offer the project challenge of reflecting, designing and building. The path of permanent personal learning and training, begun in university workshops, transfers different scales and spaces of proposal, academic and labor. The University, Public Organizations, private studies and companies, Architecture and Urbanism competitions, may be those areas where everyone can think, design, plan and materialize architecture and urban projects. These projects will constitute social events and therefore a propositional axis will be necessary, the structuring of which will be independent of the field of work where the architect develop them, and will be defined by the theoretical framework of their training, dialogue with the context of their insertion, critical analysis and self-criticism of ideas, knowledge of available technologies and resources, applied methodology, enriching multidisciplinary work and, fundamentally, the good of the community.

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