Barcelona-based Cadaval & Sola-Morales architects' House in the Pyrenees is a two-story contemporary dwelling perched high in the alpine village of Canejan in northern Spain. Built upon an existing dry stone base, the house adds a modern and minimalist addition to the original historic architecture. The all-black steeply pitched roof creates a striking silhouette and is punctuated by large glazed openings to take in sweeping views of the Spanish Pyrenees.
Completed in 2010, House in the Pyrenees was built for a father and son who wanted two independent units within the same rehabilitated structure. In the top unit, a steeply pitched roof defines the shape of the space. Continuous linear windows that bring in natural light and offer spectacular views towards the valley below and mountain summit above. In contrast, the lower unit is more traditional in design and is equipped with a large outdoor deck in place of abundant glazing.
While House in the Pyrenees is a contemporary design, the architects drew inspiration from the surrounding historic architecture. By combining new construction methods with existing vernacular knowledge, the architects successfully created two homes that will sustainably withstand the area’s extreme climate.
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