Casa Mirasierra Takes Advantage of Passive Design Strategies

This house can be found in Madrid, Spain. The large home has been constructed for a family that required a more flexible living solution, one that extended beyond simply function. The project, dubbed Casa Mirasierra, attempts to reduce and refine the essence of a home in order to capitalize on flexibility.

The architects also placed a heavy focus on natural light and cross ventilation. As such, the home is littered with large operable windows that create bright and airy living spaces.

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Project Details
Architects Architects Juarranz & de Andre
Location Madrid, Spain
Area 297-square-meters
Year 2016
Photos Miguel Fernández-Galiano

The various windows also take snapshots of the Madrid mountain ranges in the distance. Living spaces have been left as open as possible, so as to accommodate different uses if, and when, necessary. From the inside, the main structure of the home is revealed to be made up of steel.

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At first glance you’d be forgiven for mistaking the steel framing for timber; it’s relatively elaborate for a steel frame in a residential home. The walls and steel have been finish in white, while the pitched ceiling of the roof and floors are finished in warm wood.

Passive strategies have been employed to help reduce the associated costs of running the home. They’ve taken into account the buildings form factor, insulation, orientation, lighting, cross-ventilation and solar shading to reduce the house’s dependency on active heating and cooling systems.

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Photos © Miguel Fernández-Galiano

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