All images by FG+SG Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra, via Archdaily
It is hard to call a big expensive second home in the country green. On the other hand, sometimes they are just so stunning and have so many great design ideas in them that you just can't help but post it. Young Madrid firm MYCC has done exactly that in Cedeira, on the northwest tip of Spain.
Closed up, it is a simple form with the geometry of the local barns. According to Archdaily,
The roof and the side facades were covered with Viroc®, a prefabricated mixture of cement and wood shavings that, because of its gray color, recalls the wood of eucalyptus trees. This fiber cement has a great strength efficiency in spite of being light and, therefore, is easy to maintain and move. The two main facades of the house were clad with perforated Cor-ten trays following the schematized image of a forest silhouette, recreating the image of the surrounding vegetation.
The self-sealing rusty CorTen is reminiscent of the rusting fishing boats in Cedeira.
The house is a mixture of modular three dimensional components for the ground floor and prefabricated trusses for the attic. The exterior walls are composed of a three inch thick aluminum and polyurethane sandwich panel with rock wool added to the interior.
It was assembled in the factory to ensure everything fit, disassembled and shipped to the site and reassembled in three days, with about two weeks of touchups after.
The end result is a high-quality product, designed with high standards of energy efficiency and whose manufacturing entails a contribution to environmental balance, because the generation of polluting residues and emissions is controlled. The very name of the piece stresses its main asset: a house that is manufactured, not built. Something that reminds us of the efficient chain production of the industrial warehouse, covered and controlled, unlike traditional construction that is at the mercy of external elements that can affect the construction process. One could say that this type of manufacturing moves towards a sustainable architecture which makes a responsible use of the limited resources available.
One could argue these points; the house was moved 700 kilometers from factory to site. Some might also say that if we are in a world of limited resources, perhaps we should not be driving between two houses. it is a debate we have been having at TreeHugger for years. Nonetheless, inside and out, there are lessons to be learned and things to admire in this one.