OOIIO architecture has realized the ‘casa bus’ residence on the mountains of sierra de madrid, in spain, designed to provide peace and relaxation away from the chaos of the bustling city. with a variety of flora and fauna, clean natural ponds, hiking routes, and a pleasant mediterranean climate, the mountainous location serves a popular escape destination for locals in need of a ‘home away from home’.
street facade shadowplay
all images courtesy of OOIIO architecture
formed as a modern house in a rural setting, ‘casa bus’ by OOIIO was initially proposed as a place of recreation and rest for an urban family who seeks to experience life in the village from time to time. however, since the COVID-19 outbreak, a lot of holiday or weekend homes have become excellent options for habitual residences. ‘the depth of the social, economic, health and urban changes that will come after the end of the pandemic are currently unknown, but everything points to the fact that homes in rural areas close to cities are already becoming a very attractive life option for many’ the studio shares.
the backyard at ground floor level
due to the sloping terrain of the region, the building had to adapt to the incline by forming a terrace with a pleasant backyard, positioned higher than the entrance street itself. like many other ‘second homes’, the ‘casa bus’ is a spacious, cheap dwelling, (in the city you could never build for the same price on such a large lot), built according to contemporary sustainable standards, located in a healthy environment, while preserving all the comforts of modern life and being in close proximity to the city.
the relaxing backyard
shadowplay on the house facade
the house corner
the main facade
detail of how the house touches the adjacent old stone wall
name: bus house
architecture office: OOIIO architecture
project team: joaquín millán villamuelas, boris stoimenov, paula pérez escudero, alexander kosenko
location: bustarviejo, madrid
area: 181 m2
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom