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Starting with the standard functional spaces required by a single family residence, Martínez based the form of the house on scientific advances in fields such as microcellular systems and biogenetics.
"Everyone has in mind what the standards of a normal house are today," Martínez told Dezeen. "They are the principles established in Modernism, where spaces were separated by function and the aim was how to relate these spaces to one other and the surroundings."
"This project is based on this distribution of the program in a very simple but strict way," he continued. "The house is an exercise in blending a much more complex, multiple and emotive architectural language with a common single family house program."
Designed as a modular system that can be adapted to any site, this version of the house was developed for a sloping plot at 2217 Neutra Place in California, which is located between two houses designed by Modernist architect Richard Neutra that Martínez feels represent the outmoded typologies of twentieth century architecture.
"When the system is moved into a real location it evolves and mutates according to the constraints defined by the surroundings," he explained. "It can be placed anywhere and the specific conditions of each location will modify the house in one way or another."
The house comprises three interconnected units, with an entrance leading to pods containing various services which are partially submerged in the hillside and connected to the main living areas below by a fluid staircase.
A third unit housing the bedrooms and a terrace is detached from the main structure and raised above the ground at the bottom of the site.
Using 3D computer modelling processes that enable surfaces to expand, contract and respond to different parameters, the shape of the house was animated and deformed to match the topography of the site.
The fluid skeleton is intended to be constructed from structural concrete, with the complex facade panels and tangled supporting framework produced using 3D printing processes.
Organic louvred panels incorporated into the building's skin open and close like gills, while other openings stretch and widen to adjust the amount of light entering the interior.
Martínez suggested that, although the building may appear unrealistic, it could be constructed today using contemporary technologies and manufacturing methods.
"We have more than enough technology not only to design projects such as this one, but also to materialise them," he claimed. "This is not science fiction or something possible in the near future, it is possible today if we push the boundaries of the resources we have now. Budget is another issue."
The project was developed by Martínez during his postgraduate studies at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, and follows his proposal for a cave-like auditorium for the Tate Modern gallery which he designed as an undergraduate at Spain's Universidad de Alcalá.