Churtichaga + Quadra Salcedo‘s 150 square meter Four Seasons House butts up against a low hillside, and it’s designed to bring the surrounding nature as close to the interior as possible. Bulky wooden beams on the exterior slot into one another, leaving an empty space in the middle of the rustic rectangular structure.
The family area is the heart of the house and it sits at the open center of the ground floor. Two open cantilevered terraces jut out to face the mountains to the East and the open landscape to the West. At either end of the home are the two timber-lined bedrooms and study areas. Wooden stairs lead down to the partially submerged open layout lower floor that can serve as a quiet reading space, an entertainment area or an extra guest room.
The Four Seasons House is a small county refuge for a family of architects. Every inch of the two-story building pays homage to the surrounding Spanish plains. The family purchased the plot of Segovian land 15 years ago, and after quite a few years of contemplation they decided to build a small retreat that reflects not only the simplicity of a minimalist lifestyle, but also the color of the Castilian landscape as it changes throughout the year. The architects say: “In spring, poke all yellow flowers. In the summer, yellow cereal is yellow harvested in a yellow Castilian heat. Fall only comes here in yellow, millions of tiny ash leaves that die in a lingering and dry yellow. In winter, yellow insists in glowing flashes of yellow lichen on the gray trunks of ash trees. And here every machine is yellow, the signs are yellow, everywhere yellows…”
Photography by Fernando Guerra