Beautiful remnants of stone houses, courtyards full of flowers and the smell of fire between winding cobblestone streets, describes the location of this stone cottage near Sepúlveda, a village in the province of Segovia, Spain. Upon entrance to this welcoming home you are greeted with perfect simplicity centered around decorative details, memories and warm fabrics, designed by Lola Rodríguez and Eugenia Mateos.
The home has been renovated in a rustic style, retaining the traditional flavor of natural materials as protagonists, but not forgetting the accessories with color, bold prints and certain isolated pieces of retro air. A mixture — which alone works beautifully — harmonized under the cloak of white as the predominant color. The warm notes are necessary in combating the cold winters of the area, were achieved thanks to solid wood furniture , numerous area rugs covering the floor, cushions, and chunky knit blankets and faux fur throws.
Rustic living room in red and white. The white works as a lighting resource in public areas; dominates fabrics, accessories and even the paint on the roof beams to achieve a fair balance with original stone walls.
The restoration of the house are two very different trends; downstairs there are almost no partitions in the quest to open common spaces, the first floor was bricked up in order to achieve complete privacy resulting in spacious bedrooms, each one with the integrated bathroom. In any case, the common thread on both floors is a calm, bright decor and, above all, very comfortable with indigenous materials as the center of attention.
Every corner is careful and well thought out; public areas have integrated workspace and places to store things.
The feeling of surrounding fire is warm, comfortable and inviting in winter.
The home features stone walls, terracotta floors, windows and solid wood shutters. Next to the windows, the dining room has plenty of natural light.
Everything fits into the decor of the dining room, the table set country respects the same predominant line, with accessories made from natural materials such as linen, iron or wood.
The kitchen combines the traditional feel of the area with the technological advances of the twenty-first century. Thus, we find furniture and wooden cabinets work great co-existing with state of the art appliances.
The original sloping ceilings, hardwood and exposed beams, adds a strong personality to bedrooms. Seating areas are placed under the new skylights to create small private observatories in each bedroom. Overlapping rugs and striking mix of prints and colors in textiles complete that casual air.
Photos: Mi Casa
The House at Jardin del Sol project, designed by Corona + P. Amaral Architects is a monolithic concrete and glass house over a timber platform located at the edge of a cliff in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The unique site and shape of the 4,186 square foot (388.97 square meters) house was developed in order to enjoy the amazing views of the 300 meters cliff, a 100 meters long black sand beach, mount Teide and all the north coast of Tenerife island.
Bedroom and service areas are located in a one-storey rectangular volume which enters into a double high volume containing the living-room, studio and kitchen. Both volumes organize an L-shape around the black paddle located at the edge of the platform so water surface gets mixed with the one of the sea, so all the areas of the house enjoy the views underlined by wood and water.
The interior and exterior finishing of the closed volume consists in treated concrete while complete walls are used in the facades facing the views. Protection is solved with timber shuts in the bedroom area and outside canvas stores in the living room.
A gym is located in the basement with direct access from the terrace and views to the inside through a glass wall.
A steel and wood freestanding canopy provides shadow to the central part of the terrace. Gardening, based in the use of local cliff species, is located in the slope between the street and the built volume so the house seems to be inserted into the natural cliff .
Photos: Roland Halbe, José Ramón Oller
Casa 115 is an incredible modern dwelling that is surrounded by a mountainous landscape in Pollença, Spain and has been designed by Miquel Àngel Lacomba. The home showcases incredible outdoor living spaces, sensational views of the rugged terrain with the ocean in the distance and sliding glass doors that opens the interior up to the exterior, blurring the lines between indoors and out. The interiors features modern, clean lines and a neutral color palette that works harmoniously throughout.
Photos: Mauricio Fuertes
This cozy and comfortable remodeled home in Madrid, Spain is that of interior designer Sofía Calleja, owner of the firm SCV. The home gives off a fresh and fun ambiance, a credit to the designer’s personal style. Built some thirty years ago and renovated on several occasions according to the needs of each moment, today the distribution is divided into a ground floor, where there is an open plan living area comprised of the kitchen and living room, while above are the bedrooms, with a terrace. To bring the garden inside, large windows were used throughout as well as plenty of mirrors that multiply the views and clarity.
Capturing the light precisely, was another of the priorities of Sofía Calleja. Using chromatic range is quiet and bright, “I tried to use colors that are not tired to look at and transmit serenity. Only the bedrooms have included red, energy permeating the relaxed atmosphere.” Extraordinarily white surfaces — such as the entryway or staircase — and the dominance of toasted tones in the lounge and the dining room achieves this objective.
As for the furniture, the designer created a balanced mix of contemporary design in the combination and use of materials and finishes, as well as in the shape of the pieces: some refined and others classic. Many of these furnishings and accessories are original designs and can be found in SCV, the designer’s studio and showroom in Madrid. There is also space for antiques, such as the Biedermeier desk lounge, Louis XV armchairs or small details found in auction markets and fairs. Findings that add warmth, beauty and uniqueness to the comfort and relaxation that the whole family enjoys here. This was one of the dreams of Sofía Calleja, which she has more than fulfilled.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
House in La Moraleja an incredible modern residence that has been designed by Dahl Architects + GHG Architects for their clients in La Moraleja, Spain. The architects were given the task to design a permanent residence for a family of five on a spacious plot of land that contains a circular wall allowing the residents to enjoy the outdoor spaces with privacy. Upon entrance to the imposing home, contemporary open spaces offer the residents areas to conjugate, such as a library, games room, dining room, guest bedroom and service area. On the first floor, there are four bedrooms with patios, a gym and study. One of the requested requirements was that all rooms and social areas should have landscape views, open to the garden area, the view should never be to the street, despite the reduced front and the need for functional independence of program areas, parents, children, guests, social and service areas.
In a generic world, increasingly away from nature, this house was projected combining the uniqueness of the place with the express wishes of the client who wants to protect his privacy but remain in permanent contact with the outside world as a private space. Wishes that in time and space are hardly compatible.
To achieve the desired privacy a circular wall that surrounds the rear of the house has been designed, it creates a series of private patios protected from the public outdoor space, blurring and expanding the actual limits of the plot.
The access is hidden away between the parallel walls, it generates an intricate walk leading you to the entrance courtyard where the house shows its true magnitude.
Every element is ordered around a set of intersecting axes in plant on the circular wall, articulating public and private areas around outdoor space, this appears as an extension of their own construction.
In the opposite side, the house is open like a Light explosion and visual connections to the private garden areas, it plays with the reflect of water sheet.
Photographs: Alfonso Quiroga
Spotted on Nuevo Estilo, this stunning dwelling situated on the interior of Mallorca island, Spain, but close to the sea, is full of children during the summer. It is an elongated, bright and comfortable pavilion that shares land with another family home, previously raised on the farm. Amid the Mediterranean mountains, building becomes part of the landscape with spaces where the inside-outside boundary is blurred. The home consists of an entrance, living room, everything together in a large area, and a long corridor along which are arranged bedrooms and bathrooms. The kitchen is in a separate module.
The porch is extended by a long terrace with a swimming pool. Jorge Gamir Fonseca and Emilio Casares Gamir, of the studio Tasvalor Arquitectura, were in charge of the project. The concept behind the entire layout of the house is intentional play of shadows under the volumes, “which casts light flared white concrete cover which covers the whole house and blankets it with light,” explains Jorge Gámir. Some strategically open holes allow the passage of light, which filters, blurs, floods or model surfaces, subtly separated by glass walls and in which continuous woven paneling in natural and warm colors have been used to accompany this pleasant and light flow.
This beautiful Mediterranean home is situated on the island of Formentera in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain. With rustic modern charm, this home exudes warmth and invites you to sit down and stay awhile. The summer home features white washed walls, lots of wood and rattan and natural textures, decor and accessories. This sensational property was discovered in the portfolio of the talented Barcelona based photographer Enrique Menossi.
Photos: Enrique Menossi
Architect Carles Enrich has converted an old dry-cleaning shop between two adjoining buildings in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Spain into a home-studio for a young family. The refurbishment was a fantastic opportunity to rethink the use of an unused place and optimize the conditions. The architect proposed a system to enable the inhabitants to live in an single 1,560 square foot (145 square meters) space arranged around an outdoor patio, where the bathroom is the only enclosed space. All activities take place in a single room with visual connection to the patio. To achieve this, all the partitions that enclosed small rooms with no natural light or ventilation were removed and the openings were extended to the exterior.
The original materials used in the party walls were recovered, as the brick ceiling joists and wooden beams. The pavement is solved with a continuous tinted concrete paving and the Flanders pinewood was introduced in a second phase of reform due to the growing of the family. The lower excavation enables the incorporation of a loft made of metallic beams and a 3 centimeters wood board, which works as an independent living area inside another bigger area, without being never enclosed room. This small loft is meant to be more like a suspended furniture than a room. A furniture-closet, used by both sides, is the only separation between different spaces and converts the hallway into a dressing corridor.
An old storage room at the back of the plot is converted into a satellite studio that operates independently from the main space. This fragmentation of the program makes the patio an intermediate space that can be used as an outdoor room most part of the year.
A pergola made of metal beams and a cane network provides privacy and climate control. The progressive growth of plants and trees generate a natural environment within the dense urban area.
Photos: Enric Fabre, Courtesy of Carles Enrich
This incredible modern concrete home called ‘Pitch’s House’ has been designed by Spanish architect Iñaqui Carnicero, located in a small district on the west boundaries of Madrid, Spain in a place called “los Peñascales”, that means something as well as great stones. The plot is characterized to have a great slope oriented to the south and have two great granite rocks partially covered by moss. The structure of the house at a functional level as formal is explained perfectly in section. The underground level is used to solve the encounter with the slope of the land.
It incorporates two granite rocks, one of them structurally and other as an articulation that makes the main access to the house. The ceiling of the underground level generates the white floor made of calcareus stone that constitutes the noble plane where the daily life is developed. A single space opened to the south only close by glass that disappears to incorporate the water plane of the swimming pool in a first plane and the mount named “el pardo” in a second.
This closure does not fit with the perimeter of the first floor but moves inside to generated two porches at the ends and a marquee on the front that allows the entrance of rays of the sun in winter and is protected of its impact during the warm months of summer. The first floor is been thought like a closed box made of concrete that floats over the glass of the ground floor. Here is where the rest of the rooms are organized as well as the zones destined to the study.
A unique bay window located at 1,40 meter of height allows to trim the skyline of the landscape and uniformly illuminates the concrete ceiling. The independence of levels is only interrupted by two double heights that put in relation both spaces described previously. The economic restrictions have caused that the house is solved with the minimal possible gestures that nevertheless generates a great diversity of spaces and attractive situations.
Photos: Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero
Impressive views over Barcelona, Spain surround this penthouse apartment spotted on Mi Casa, refurbished and decorated with recovered materials to become a cosmopolitan haven for a couple. The home is situated in the city center with views of the rooftops of the Gothic quarter, the oldest core of the city and its historic center. The penthouse exudes authentic charm, distributed over two floors and restructured completely in a reform that the owners planned to gain luminosity and open and interconnect spaces. The result is fabulous, with a living/dining room integrated with the kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a spacious and cozy rooftop terrace.
The decoration is also the common thread of this project for which the owners used the creative advice from the firm Úsame, specializing in the design of furniture and objects through reused materials. The ceiling, the walls coated with mortar and lime, stucco or brick, are all mostly recovered. When open, the doors of this house can be seen by the original elements with respect and admiration for the parts recovered. The stylish rooms are decorated with a deep aesthetic sensibility and overflowing with personality, adding plenty of luminosity and gave freedom in circulation of spaces.