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Rascainfierno (Hellscraper)


Rascainfierno (Hellscraper) - Private Housing  Studio
Madrid, Spain. 1972
Architect: Fernando Higueras


"This is a single space of 8 meters height without walls or windows. It is limited by four concrete walls that connect both floors and it lights up by four skylights in the courtyard plus another one in the small lobby above the staircase.
"Un único espacio de 8 metros de altura, sin tabiques ni ventanas, limitado por texto muros de hormigón que unen las 2 plantas, iluminadas por las 4 claraboyas del patio grande y la 5ª del pequeño descansillo sobre la escalera.

We have a beautiful overhead natural light and a perfect almost constant temperature between 20º and 25º C. There are two meters of soil above the roof plus five double skylights (2 x 2 meters each x 5 skylight = 20 sqm.) that isolate the space from extreme temperatures and save more than the 65% of  energy.
 Disfruta de una espléndida luz natural cenital y una temperatura ideal casi constante entre 20º y 25º. Sobre la cubierta, 2 metros de tierra, mas cinco claraboyas dobles (de 2 x 2 x 5= 20 m2), aíslan de temperaturas molestas, ahorrando el 65% de energía innecesaria.



This house was created 30 years ago and we decided to refurbish a secondary basement: "Lola Botia" for my personal studio of architecture. It does not have windows and we do not miss them because, instead, we have a great space without walls but with great overhead light. Similar to most of my housing projects, there is a horizontal line that goes through all the perimeter of the house at a height of 2.10 meters above floor and on top of every door and window that we use to storage books, sculptures, etc-
Fue vivienda durante más 30 años y hace 5, acondicionó su segundo sótano Lola Botia, para mi estudio de arquitectura. Carece de ventanas que no se echan en falta pues a cambio tenemos una gran superficie de muros, sin tabiques, pero con buena luz natural cenital. Como en todas las viviendas que hice, una línea horizontal recorre todos los perímetros de sus plantas a 2,10 metros del suelo, que marcan partes superiores de puertas y ventanas que aquí se sustituyen por línea de estanterías para esculturas, libros, etc.

I heard that Lola is the first Loft underground that was projected in Madrid. For me, it has a defect, we like it so much that we barely go outside.
Lola dice: es el primer loft bajo rasante que se proyectó en Madrid. A mi juicio tiene un defecto: nos encontramos tan cómodos trabajando en él que apenas salgo fuera."

Fernando Higueras.

Text via Hic Arquitectura






Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture

Photo by Hidden Architecture







Cite:  
"Rascainfierno (Hellscraper) - Home of Revolution". Hidden Architecture 
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