Somosaguas, 1986-1988


Location: Somosaguas (Madrid)

Project coordinator: Carles Díaz

Project manager: Andrés Monzú

Structure: Enric Torrent


Quantity Surveyor: Manuel de las Moras

Landscape painter: Bet Figueras

Interiors: Elena Roqué

Sculptor: Juan Bordes

Glazier: Pere Valldepérez

Built area: 1.664 m2

"Madrid is not the Mediterranean. Here I had to leave behind the courtyards, porches, pergolas and Arabic-Roman gardens that I love so much. Perhaps that is why—in addition to my admiration for Lutyens—the house and garden adopted a rather British air. The main mansion is laid out on two floors but the hill ascends to the top floor, on a level with which we created a raised walkway that coincides with the pool situated on the roof of the gatehouse at the entrance to the estate. A large glazed, double-height salon, with stuccoed walls and wooden-block flooring, lit by chandeliers, acts as a carriage courtyard and main entrance. The outdoor swiming pool looks like a pond; the indoor pool is in the humid warmth of the greenhouse"



    (Photographs by Studio Azzurro for Casa Vogue)