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Enproyecto Arquitectura’s Spanish Coastal Stone Cabin Holds More Than a Few Surprises
Posted By Andrew Michler On July 24, 2011 @ 12:38 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Sustainable Building | 3 Comments
Located on the outskirts of a small agricultural village, the house is surrounded by cherry fields and is graced by a sweeping view of the coast. Zoning only allows for a 25 square meter building (usually for tool storage) and a 50 square meter underground cistern, so most of the house is actually subterranean . A studio, bath, and bedroom make up the lower living space and are lit by two clever skylights  that double as benches on the adjacent patio/roof. The main floor is a simple open space with a kitchen at one end and a living room which opens to the views at the other. Tucked under the shed roof is a small bedroom loft.
While simple in design the home gets high marks for its refined finishes. The interior is cleanly constructed with black painted steel, wood floors and ceilings and white wall panels. A thick wall is actually made up of storage units where the inset window becomes a small alcove. The exterior is made from dry stacked locally sourced stone which integrates the home into the sparse landscape, full of old stone walls. The thick walls allow windows to be smartly inset to the interior with steel frames wrapped by the stone, cutting off the hot daytime sun. The stone also absorbs daytime heat and re-emits it at night, regulating the interior temperature through the year.
Via Architzer 
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URLs in this post:
 Enproyecto Arquitectura: http://www.enproyecto.es/arquitectura.html
 below ground : http://inhabitat.com/stunning-swiss-house-is-buried-under-the-earth/
 dry stacked stone wall: http://inhabitat.com/gorgeous-green-roofed-black-sheep-house-in-scotland-looks-out-to-sea/
 subterranean: http://inhabitat.com/6-fascinating-underground-homes-that-go-above-and-beyond/
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/velux-sunlighthouse-is-austrias-first-net-zero-energy-and-carbon-house/
 storage units : http://inhabitat.com/incredible-transforming-lego-apartment-packs-4-rooms-into-1/
 Architzer: http://www.architizer.com/en_us/projects/view/refugio-en-la-vall-de-laguar/24127/
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