The Almond Trees House

Built-up area452 m²
PhotographerGermán Cabo y Alfonso Calza

Adjoining an extensive pine forest, the new house merges with the local nature to blend into the landscape

The concept of this house is based on the idea of preserving the old almond grove on the river ravine where the project is located. For this reason, from its initial phase, the architecture was intended to create ties with the landscape, adding low-maintenance autochthonous species and filtering pavements to facilitate the water passage.

Along a path of aromatic plants, the access to the house emerges from a main portal, made out of wood, whose hall simultaneously connects and divides the volumes on the ground floor.

Among them is the garage, covered with an opaque natural stone wall, the day area and the guest bedrooms, accompanied by large windows that allow light to filter without compromising privacy, thanks to their metal slats.

The day area is the heart of the house: it is where the living room, dining room and kitchen meet in a shared space, located between the volumes on the ground floor and just below the one on the first floor, connecting both levels with a double height overhead lighting.

In this essential space, the entrance of light into the living room from the south, filtered again by the metal slats of a large window, combines with the light from the north that reaches the kitchen space, in addition to additional overhead lighting. With this light game, the core of the house achieves to be linked to all the orientations of the plot.

A horizontal line runs through the void at double height, adding value: it begins on the slab that floats over the living room and ends on the iron staircase, which stands as a sculpture made up of a steel sail with levitating steps. The sculpture, bathed in overhead light, acts as a visual filter between the kitchen and living room spaces, unifying and differentiating spaces at the same time.

The room on the first floor is dominated by another large window that welcomes south-facing light, and a large terrace that offers views of the pine forest on the west. It is conceived as a family corner for resting and reading.

At the end of the ground floor’s route across the day area, the last and most private space of the house appears, where we designed the master bedroom in a en-suite format, integrating also its own dressing room.

As a whole, the project was outlined based on its context, so that lighting and views of the surrounding vegetation represented a further element of the interior design throughout the house.

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