The Cyclopean house is a house without a site. It is a kit of prefabricated domestic parts designed to occupy different locations. Each part has a purpose: structure, building envelope, mechanical services, finishes and cabinetwork, within the large prefabricated element. Dimensions of the pieces are adjusted to fit into a shipping container or a standard truck, permitting easy transport from their place of fabrication –Madrid (Spain) – to the place where they will be installed. This architectural assembly defines a large two-story room; an empty space in which the structure and infrastructures are concentrated at the perimeter, while the rest of the floor plan is free to be used for different functions or divided up and transformed over time depending on the lives of its inhabitants. Each prefabricated element is specialized in a different action –cooking, washing, storage, eating, sleeping, working or looking-; together they provides a space for all basic domestic activities and create a dense container that embraces the space to provide thermal comfort, privacy, cross-ventilation, natural light and diagonal views.
ENSAMBLE STUDIO, Antón García-Abril & Debora Mesa
Javier Cuesta, Ricardo Sanz, Borja Soriano, Walter Cuccuru, Massimo Loia, Juanjo Fernández, Valentina Giacomini, Marietta Spyrou, Federica Zunino, Marian Stanislav, Chung-Wen Wu, Yannis Karababas; Structural engineer: Jesús Huerga