House in La Jara, Cádiz

Architect: Jaime Aparicio Fraga; Collaborators: Iván Yllera and Carlos Lera

2007. Work selected for the Torres Clavé’s prize of the Cadiz Architects Official Board


This project is proposed as a dialogue between bright and abstract volumes, which open onto a garden. The design is bound by several restrictions, such as the steep slope of the site and the occupation of part of the space that had previously functioned as a garden, now shared with the annexed house. This house is arranged in a clear and essential way, as an abstract pavilion of low rise, whose presence is volumetric, that when under the light, contributes to an added value to this space.

The different rooms open onto patios, and so the house is alive inside, enclosing the sky between its walls, and the nature in its voids, as the surrounding buildings lack interest.

The theme of light is explored in this project; as well as designing mechanisms that capture light it in its different forms.

A living area is created with different areas and heights. A zone of bedrooms and bath rooms are arranged according to a backbone axis, from which one accesses each space. At the end of this axis, the master bedroom, with its own dressing room and toilet, opens onto a private garden.

The sitting area overlooks the shared garden and a courtyard, allowing for interesting transparency situations (being in a garden, placing nature inside the house…), besides giving the possibility to use the patio as a living or summer dining room.

The bathrooms will have small gaps that siftone’s vision from the garden by means of a lattice of concrete slats; as the largebedrooms face north.

The house has two accessesfrom the street: one pedestrian and another vehicular, which are produced through openings perforated in the walls, communicated by walls that do not touch.

There are two ways to access the house: one is the main, covered entrance and the other one is a service entrance, through the kitchen, from the patio where the clothes line will be located. The kitchen opens onto this patio, providing horizontal light from the north of the work surface. The kitchen isfurnished with a small pantry.

The limited budget and the unskilled workforce led to a simple and economical design, through the use of brick-masonry, loading bearing walls.