“A house of contemporary architecture in the middle of a vineyard”.
The estate has a trapezoidal shape, practically flat and with an extension of 2 hectares. It is divided into two parts, one in the northern part, where there is a vineyard and the other in the lower, southern part, where there is a grove of trees, with deciduous species (chestnut, walnut, etc.) and evergreen (pine and holm oak).
The house is located in the centre of the property, dividing it into the two parts mentioned above, in the form of a diaphragm. It is a pure concrete parallelepiped, broken in its central part, where the living-dining room is located, by two 9×2.5m windows on the north-south sides, thus producing a visual transparency that connects the vineyard area with the wooded area.
The house has been designed from the outset with sustainability criteria, the most important of which are as follows:
– Green roof, made up of low water consumption succulent plants.
– Insulating sliding shutters and solar awnings, which open or close depending on the time of year and the sun’s position.
Cross ventilation, the openings in the concrete volume create two lines of ventilation, one north-south and the other east-west.
– Two interior parts, bathrooms, installations and kitchens, distribute the interior space into a central living-dining room area and two bedrooms on the sides.
– The openings in the concrete volume produce two visual axes in the form of a cross, one transversal, through the living room, and the other, longitudinal, linking the two bedrooms.
– On the other hand, the swimming pool area is linked to the volume of the house, in the central glazed area, producing an effect of exterior-interior continuity.
Architect: Javier de Antón
Year of completion: 2005
Surface area: 110 m2
Plot: 2 hectares
Photography: Esaú Acosta