The beautiful little village of nestled in the Spanish Pyrenees offers the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous and unique modern rammed earth house that aims to revive traditional architecture at its eco-friendly best! Crafted by Edra arquitectura the idyllic home was constructed with entirely local materials and it is stone earth and straw that define this award-winning structure.
This fascinating blend of contrasting textures and unusual design elements was dictated by the weather in the region which sees a snowfall of more than 800 inches annually. Part of the renowned Sugar Bowl Ski Resort and sitting at an altitude of this modern family retreat is all about architecture that responds to the needs of the landscape.
The open atrium on the lower level welcomes you with a breath of fresh air and plenty of natural light that enlivens the dining area small living space and kitchen next to it. With the public spaces being placed on the lower level it is a large bedroom and a multi-purpose room (serving as a home office study and relaxation space) that make up the second level. A small bridge connects the bedroom with the multi-purpose room even as a rustic color scheme and diverse finishes in brick and wood shape a welcoming and unique house.
Nothing seems out of place here with the entry leading to the spacious living area that is filled with a gray sectional matching chairs and décor that is understated. An entertainment zone and open bookshelf flank the living area on one side even as the stairs leading to the bedroom sit on the opposite side. Large windows blinds and curtains combine to usher in filtered sunlight as shadows and light alter the dynamics of the room with the changing time and seasons.
Pops of blue unite the interior with the outdoor living space even as much of the color palette is kept as neutral as possible. On the inside an open plan living room with a kitchen and dining area forms the central ‘social zone’ that opens up to the backyard while the bedrooms offer complete privacy.
Smart extensions of Victorian homes are becoming all too common Down Under and many of the classic residences in cities like Sydney and Melbourne have already traveled down this path. It is often a smart choice that is dictated by the needs of a modern family changing lifestyles across the globe and of course the poor state of the original structures. But this fabulous home dubbed gives a stylish contemporary twist to this idea with a timber extension that is sculptural stylish and keeps away the excessive heat of harsh summer days.
The structure of the home itself is more casual in its ambiance with Cor-ten steel and Douglas Fir being used to combine strength and durability with inviting warmth and minimal maintenance. A series of walkways around the house built over the pond connect it with both the landscape and the guest quarters.