Madrid – Light: while arguably the most critical tool of the architect’s trade, it can also be one of the biggest obstacles. Faced with the renovation of a long, narrow duplex house in Madrid, studio Lucas y Hernández-Gil Arquitectos embraced that challenge, skilfully manipulating the building’s envelope to open the family home to the Spanish sun.
Casa A12’s most striking features are its light wells, which take reference from the original domus of ancient Pompeii and Herculaneum. In the design of their homes, Romans organized rooms around a central courtyard. This atrium was considered the centre of the home, and performed the role of a waiting area for visiting relatives and business clients. Above the atrium, a roof aperture – or compluvium – circulated fresh air into the house.