Now that is a house shrouded in light and magnificent views! Perched on a steep hillside overlooking the Spanish Pyrenees, this extraordinary house is designed by Architects Cadaval & Sola-Morales. Their studio operates like a laboratory and it was founded in New York City in 2003 and moved to both Barcelona & Mexico City in 2005. Their aim is creating intelligent design solutions at many different scales, from large scale projects to small buildings.
Extraordinary house design in the mountains
Here is a great example of an extraordinary house design. It is a project sympathetic of vernacular architecture. Vernacular architecture combines methods of construction which use locally available resources and traditions to address local needs and circumstances and tends to evolve over time to reflect the environmental, cultural and historical context in which it exists. The project respects not only the envelope, but also its construction, operational logic and its aesthetics. The house stone exterior is characteristic for its steeply pitched slate-colored roof, which flavors the exterior and interior with its unique shape, contrasted by a modern glass wall on the gabled side overlooking the valley below and offering views of the mountaintops.
Modern design for an extraordinary house
The home’s facade is a combination of traditional “dry stone” which means that the structure is constructed from stones without any mortar to bind them together. The project includes two buildings whose physical connections coexists in a single rehabilitated envelope. By preserving the envelope and doing a minimal contrasted intervention, the historical values of vernacular architecture are reinforced. The both houses’ interrelations are tided up to the vertical connections. The project is also sustainable in design. New technologies and old vernacular knowledge work together to make the two sustainable Pyrenees houses in an extreme climate. The house open-concept interiors feature a modern, minimalist palette focusing your attention on the home’s unusual shape and its spectacular views.
Modern architecture – House in the Pyrenees