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Text description of the architects. As the name suggests, this house took its nickname from its distinctive roof profile. “Sierra” means both “saw” and “mountain range” in Spanish. A lucky coincidence, because the house is located between Madrid’s north-western districts of Mirasierra (mountain view) and Montecarmelo (Mount Carmel). The shape of the roof results from the internal spatial requirements. Due to height restrictions, the roof slopes could not rise in the middle. Since it coincides with a bathroom below, we decided to invert the summit and use the space to hide the machines and solar panels. Local planning rules are very specific about how much can be built, which has resulted in similar typologies of townhouses in the immediate neighborhood with some minor material variances.

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