Wood and stone were used in crafting the exterior of the home with the upper levels embracing the warmth of the former in an eloquent fashion. It is the ground floor that contains the main entrance along with the garage and a small social zone while the first floor houses the living room dining space kitchen guest bathroom and the family zone.
The private top floor holds two bedrooms and bathrooms that provide spectacular views of the Pyrenees and the countryside. An unassuming wooden staircase with glass railing divides the home into two identical halves and ushers in a sense of symmetry and curated elegance.
‘Innovative’ is a word that is loosely thrown around when describing modern homes. While we often do come across homes with nuggets of creativity a truly exceptional and ingenious residence with a flavor and style of its own is hard to find.
Designed by PLAN & HUMAN PLAN Architects office the contemporary home is spread across three different levels with the lowest floor housing the entrance a spacious hall and a home office along with a large parking space. The second is in line with the large garden and spa outside and seems to interact with the outdoors in a seamless fashion while it holds a family room playroom and additional bedrooms on the inside.
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.
The open living space of the main building flows into the large deck outside and overlooks the lovely natural pond that sits a stone’s throw away. Even the carport and the guest house enjoy unabated views of the scenery outside as sliding glass doors blur the traditional boundaries.
The design of the house also maximizes natural ventilation and the views of the pond even as smart insulation and radiant heating in the floors creates a comfortable living environment. Crafted to create seamless interaction between man and nature this charming home is a great example of architecture responding to and accommodating the needs of the landscape.