Pattern House / Competition /
This is a project for a new house in Northern Spain. The site lies at the foothills of the pyrenees close to an 11th Century village called Bolea.
The design idea developed in direct response to the specific characteristics of the landscape. Travelling through and over this part of Spain we have recorded images of rockface (cut and uncut) stepped terraces of land formed by a continuing need for people to use arrable and irrigated farmland for the production of food and wine.
The house also responds to four specific features of the site at each cardinal point, N.S.E.W. To the north is the mountain peak, Pico de Gratal, in the south lies the flat, green planes of La Sotonera, to the east a wooded area and stream and west lies a pathway to the village.
The house will be constructed using local timber and recovered stones. The tactile and visual quality of these materials will bring direct emphasis to the landscape and the clients harmonious and historical link to the site. Work is due to start in 3 months.