A&M House: volumetric architecture in the Sierra Nevada lifestyle
The Saz Arquitectos studio has designed a functional home based on geometric forms and authentic materials.
Sustainability, constructive excellence and technology are the three fundamental principles of Saz Arquitectos, the studio founded by Sebastian Zolecio, which has become an emblem of the new Spanish architecture, because of his unconventional and committed view of the profession.
The firm’s signature projects include the F&W House in Benalmádena and the A&M house in La Zubia (Sierra Nevada, Granada), showcasing its emphasis on spatial proportionality through pure, unlimited forms.
“The basis of our architecture is the search for a very synthetic use of volume and cutting-edge technology”
A home that connect with nature
Located in La Zubia, in the area traditionally known as La Campana de Granada, the A&M House plays with the volumes on each floor, creating several structures round a single axis. “In this house we started with a very prismatic and primitive original space, which we started to take apart. We started to remove volumes and make holes to stretch it until we achieved the proportions we were looking for,” says Zolecio.
This is a “robust and homogenous” property, designed according to the tastes and needs of its owners. “The customer wanted contemporary architecture with very large, open spaces that were luxurious, but not ostentatious,” Zolecio adds.
This was the first sketch drawn by Saz Arquitectos for the project, and from here the idea evolved into the end result: a two-storey property with a living-dining room, bedrooms with dressing rooms, luxurious bathrooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and spacious terraces. “We didn’t want this house to be closed, rather we wanted to use the large picture windows and the porch next to the indoor dining area to connect the interior and exterior, with natural light as the protagonist,” explains the architect.
A home that looks for light
The aims of this project included making the most of natural light and creating exclusive atmospheres. This was also the case for the A&M house, built using some of the Porcelanosa Group’s Premium collections. “The customer chose Porcelanosa because he had already worked with the brand. We were very surprised by the variety of models and the useful advice received,” Zolecio comments.
The Thassos Pulido and Boston Bone pieces by Porcelanosa create an interesting contrast with the XLight large-format technical porcelain, with which the architect has achieved “a very distinctive use of volume and an unsurpassable elegance that you sense when you enter the house”.
Read the full report on the A&M House in Lifestyle Print no34 >
Photography: Miguel Rodríguez