The hidden pavillion by Penelas Architects

The hidden pavillion by Penelas Architects
[MAD] Spain
metalocus, DANIEL MADERA
The hidden pavillion by Penelas Architects. Image © Miguel de Guzmán - Imagen Subliminal
In a hidden place. A pavilion where nature sneaks in. Intermingled with nature as if it belonged to her. Like a tree. With honest and simple materials, oxidized steel, glass and cherry wood. In short, a little jewel for meditation and retreat.
Penelas Architects has been in charge of realizing this small pavilion in which the senses and the feelings, generate new emotions as soon as the seasons pass.

Description of the project by Penelas Architects

The Project fulfills the desire to Build a space for meditation and retreat, a place to Inhabit and to Think. The pavilion is built in a glade of the forest, the only clearing without a tree. It is wrapped up in Nature, hidden in it, in a way that it is only slightly perceptible. Suspended over a small waterfall, the pavilion protects it. The pavilion interacts directly with the growing of trees, allowing them to pass through its terraces and cantilevers by gaps built for them.
Fully embedded within the forest, the pavilion openly embraces the presence of Nature through the enclosure of its glass exterior. The upper level surface is inclined, respectfully providing room for the growth of a bicentenary holm oak tree. The raised light wells catch the sunrays and directs them downwards towards the interior, more

Penelas Architects
Architect in Charge
José Luis Esteban Penelas
Project Year
70 sqm
Las Rozas, Madrid (España)


José Luís Esteban Penelas is an architect and urbanist (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, ETSAM1985, UPM). Dr. Architect and Professor of Architectural Projects (UEM). He founded in 1986 his office of Architecture and Urbanism PENELAS ARCHITECTS.

He is Professor of Architectural Projects (School of Architecture, UEM), where he has been a professor since more