Architecture: The Seasonless House, Spain

Architecture: The Seasonless House, Spain

Architecture: Whilst plastic has been used in construction for a while, it has now been successfully used to build a house for all seasons.

Casos de Casas, a Spanish architectural firm,  have built a four-bedroom house called the ‘Seasonless House’ in Vinaroz, in the province of Castellón. The property has been split into two floors across a total space of 360-square-metre.

The architects told Dezeen that the aim of building the Seasonless House was ‘to fuse these two different typologies to create living spaces that are comfortable all year round’. Apparently, the Seasonless House creates its own internal environment thanks to the materials used to build it. The house can vary its temperatures so in all terms, it is domestic, adaptable and resilient against all four seasons. The inhabitants gain greater controls over the temperatures thanks to the materials, regardless of the temperature outside the building. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer.

So what type of plastic is this house actually made from? The building consists of concrete slabs which have a double layer of something called ‘cellular polycarbonate panelling’. This is a type of corrugated plastic which has high-resistant insulating properties. Cellular polycarbonate, is also known as multiwall polycarbonate and can be used for any type of commercial construction project because it has a superior impact resistance quality, is energy saving, and has thermal values up to R-5. It is lightweight thus requiring less structural support than heavier building materials and it is also fire-resistant, not to mention its translucent optical properties which mitigate glare whilst transmitting optimum amounts of light. It is mainly used to build airports and aeroplane hangars.

Every side of the house uses this panelling combined with glass, it has been angled and cut specifically according to its orientation towards the sun in order to lose or retain heat. This panelling is supported by white metal framing so the house has the local white colouring in order to keep in line with its neighbouring buildings.

Seasonless House by Casos de Casas

 

Seasonless House by Casos de Casas

The house has three bedrooms and also a terrace which all are situated at the top of the large, open-planned living area at the back of the house. It also has a master bedroom and an en suite bathroom which have both been built on top of stilts and located at the front of the house, in the front yard.

photo credit: Dezeen

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