Immersed in a leafy allotment in Madrid is a gorgeous home built around trees. Dubbed the Silicon House, it was created by Madrid-based Selgas Cano Architects with strict care for the existing chestnuts, oaks, elms and acacias that are seeded spontaneously by birds. The house, which is set beneath two wooden platforms, is completely wrapped with glazing that blurs the boundary between inside and out.
The Silicom House peeks out from a gentle slope in Madrid that is surrounded by the allotment’s luscious greenery. The family home sits in a sunk-in design and to access it one has to go around gorgeous chestnuts, oaks, elms, acacias, bamboo and some fruit and nut trees like figs, orange trees, chestnuts and bananas. Although it is surrounded by nature, the shelter stands out for its beautiful design and vibrant colors, including red, bold blue, neon yellow and clementine orange.
The roof platform was built from rubber and covered with non-slippery, bouncy, recycled plastic mats. The interior decoration is sleek and modern, getting plenty of natural light through its glazed skin. Far from your average ‘shoebox home’ Selgas Cano’s design has zero right angles and a wonderful perspective of nature.
Photos by Pablo Zuloaga, Iwan Baan and Roland Halbe