Red Steel House by Penelas Architects is a Glass Faced Forest Retreat

1 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Located in Las Rozas, a township of Madrid, Spain is a two-storey house called Hidden Pavilion. Designed by Penelas Architects and built with red steel and glass, the home offers both spectacular views and shelter from a lush forest.

 

2 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The entire red steel building is built using only three materials; rusted steel, glass and cherry wood which is used in the interior.

3 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The bedrooms are located on the lower level as is the bathroom which is placed at the rear. The 2nd story is the social zone which includes a terrace that projects out and over the decline of the sloped landscape.

4 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Five red, tubular light wells stretch up to the sky from the rooftop terrace, directing sunlight through and down to the kitchen, dining and living spaces.

5 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The rear façade of the upper level is slanted to accommodate the space needed for a 200-year-old Holm Oak.

6 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The red steel house blends harmoniously with its surroundings and was built on the only natural clearing within the lush forest.

7 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The light wells are centrally positioned over the open floor plan below.

8 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Aside from the light wells, the walls of glass bounce refracted light into the home’s interior spaces. Clerestory windows above the kitchen cabinets make sure there are no “dark” spots.

9 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The interior features cherry wood finishes on the cabinetry and the ceilings to compliment the red steel house. The ceilings are kept from feeling too dark by the light wells and LED lights that are asymmetrically located throughout the zones.

10 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Designed as a place for meditation and retreat, the 70 square metre red steel house is fully embedded within the forest.

11 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Each level has an outdoor area and each outdoor area is located on a different side of the red steel house.

12 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

While the red steel house showcases “red” via the rusted steel and cherry wood finishes, the view is all about nature’s palette of greens, blues and yellows.

13 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

A spiral staircase travels up a glass tower on the outside of the red steel house, connecting the floors as it leads to a rooftop terrace.

14 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Each terrace is strategically staggered to allow for future growth of smaller trees.

15 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Gutters project out past the red steel house footprint, creating a beautiful water story when it rains, visible on two sides of the spiral staircase.

16 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

From the rooftop terrace the homeowner is able to look over the treetop canopy.

17 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Privacy is not a concern; the forest takes care of that.

18 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Unlike the rooftop terrace, the lower level perspective of the forest is up close and personal.

19 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

The 2nd story terrace cantilevers out from the red steel house and features a gap in the floor to allow a tree to continue to grow. The terrace projects out and over a small waterfall placed beneath the house. From this terrace, a series of staggered platforms arranged around the house lead to an upper level garden at the rear.

20 red steel house penelas architects glass faced forest retreat

Penelas Architects

Photography by Miguel de Guzman

 

You might also like;

1 shokan house jay bargmann 6000sqft living space

Shokan House by Jay Bargmann blends 6,000sqft of amazing living space into landscape.

 

1 metamorphous paul sangha landscape architecture

Metamorphous by Paul Sangha Landscape Architecture prevents ocean erosion

 

1 seaside cabin stepped concrete roof lund hagem

Seaside cabin with stepped concrete roof by Lund Hagem

 

1 quadra island home living roof glass floors natural pond

Quadra Island Home with living roof, glass floors and naturally fed pond.

 

 

Evelyn M 180x

Evelyn M

We offer;

  • Interior Painting
  • Renovations
  • New Build Design
  • Millwork and Trim

read more…

 

“I began my Interior Design career apprenticing with an architectural/engineering firm in Vancouver. I have my Associate of Interior Design from Douglas College; I spent an additional 3 years night school at BCIT studying building technology and 3 years night school at Emily Carr University of Art and Design. This combination of training gives me an all round approach to design from technical to creative and it is that all round approach that makes my design capabilities stand out.

Read more...