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Toni García . Yolanda Somoza

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This book aims to provide a reflection about the use that we done to our houses, the place where there are, the energy that it consumes, and the environmental impact of those actions. The 14 houses of this book are proposals for living in new spaces and for diverse social functions and structures, predominantly new build single-family dwellings, placed along a way, crossing urban sprawl areas in between compact city and rural environments. This book aims to make the reader reflect on all the recent transformations of our territory, new ways of living and the places where this is happening; asking how we live, how we could live better and which examples are the exceptions to the norm in the built environment around us.

  • 108 pp
    245 x 220 mm
    14 houses, and 70 colour illustrations
    DEPOSITO LEGAL C-3549/07
    PDF 5 euros


KM000 Yolanda Somoza Introduction Prologue Itinerary
KM008 Oleiros. A Coruña. House for an autistic person
KM009 Oleiros. House for four people
KM011 Oleiros. House for two architects
KM014 Sada. House for a mother and her daughter
KM023 Arteixo. House for an interior designer and advertising executive
KM026 Betanzos. House for a saleswoman and Engineer
KM029 Betanzos. House for a male nurse
KM070 Trazo. House for a charpenter
KM073 Santiago. House for a designer and TV editor
KM086 Vedra. House for parents, grandfathers and soons
KM090 Santiago. House for two teachers
KM119 Rianxo.House for a biologist and engineer
KM145 Corrubedo. House for a family with two daughters
House for a publisher Conclusion


The house is one of the architectural types which go to make up the territory. It is without doubt the most important of all, however it is only referred to in economic terms. Nowadays the house is measured by its floor area and not by its quality; we ask how much it will cost and how we are going to pay for it. Sometimes it seems that we do not realize that it is the place where we live our lives, one of the places where we are able to attain maximum intimacy. Rarely do we ponder over possible better ways of living, whether our houses could be improved and even be made cheaper, better adapted to our lifestyles, our interests, whether living in a different way would lead to more comfort and how this would influence our health. There are speculations about the house of the future full of domotics - the intelligent dwelling - but not of people searching for an intelligent way to live better. Can our houses be made better?

Where are we living?, How are we living?, Can we live better?
Where are we builting up our houses?, How are we builting up them?
How is big your house?, How much energy do spend your house?
Does your house have excess space? What do you use the excess space for?
Does your house lack space? How much space do you need to live?
How long do you take to get home? How much time do you spend at home?
How would you like your house to be? Where would you like to live?

This is the city of A Coruña two years ago, where the journey we will make in this book begins. In it we will come across custom built dwellings made for people living in spaces where our territory is being defined. They are not luxurious houses, they are houses determined by economic limitations, where the budget is invested in spatial qualities, in wellbeing for the occupants, in properly controlling the use of energy and space and in adapting to the owners’ lifestyle. They are neither beautiful nor ugly, they are healthy and comfortable houses which were not available on the housing market of the city. The coherence with which they were conceived is not a characteristic of the territory of which they form a part. The places where their owners were able to find a site to build are an assembly of deformed plot patterns and overloaded road networks surrounded by oversized buildings. These are landscapes in the process of transformation where the nature of future development is impossible to predict. We are all acquainted with these fragments, hybrids of city and village, of neighbourhood and industrial quarter, of garden and woods, of street and highway. These contradictory fragments are found further and further away from towns and this does not appear to concerns us or to arouse a questioning of why this should be so. While this is happening people are left without basic services which increase social differences and the cost to the environment.

CONCLUSION Our home can be filled with all our necessities. In it we keep all our memories and the objects that ensure our wellbeing, we maintain it, we improve it and with the passing of time we carry out repairs. It can grow as we do and be adapted to the changes that take place in our lives. That interior space is the extension of our very selves and our habits, we arrange it and rearrange it, and it is one volume that allows us to engage in several activities, which promotes intercourse with others or a retreat into intimacy. It is a vital order which changes as our lifestyle does and which we take with us into the outside world. We take it to all the territories we visit and those we inhabit from day to day. Our habits modify our surroundings, our home has no dimensions, and it is as large as our own range within the territory. Our homes can be improved, better adapted to our lifestyles but only if we can order the territory we inhabit integrating all its occupants equitably will we be able to build houses in which to live better.