Hemeroscopium House is a 4,300 square-foot residence located in Madrid by Ensamble Studio that ‘took a year to engineer but only seven days to build the structure’.
From the architect:
The order in which these structures are piled up generates a helix that sets out from a stable support, the mother beam, and develops upwards in a sequence of elements that become lighter as the structure grows, closing on a point that culminates the system of equilibrium. Seven elements in total. The design of their joints respond to their constructive nature, to their forces; and their stresses express the structural condition they have. By the way this structure is set, the house becomes aerial, light, transparent, and the space kept inside flows with life. The apparent simplicity of the structure’s joints requires in fact the development of complex calculations, due to the reinforcement, and the prestress and post-tension of the steel rods that sew the web of the beams.
Photos by: Roland Halbe, Ensamble Studios
“Hemeroscopium House / Ensamble Studio” 21 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 17 Aug 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/16598/hemeroscopium-house-ensamble-studio/>