Nestled along the Cantabric Coast of Spain, the Urrezkoenea House, makes light of the stormy and steep landscape. Architect Peña Ganchegui’s design takes an unusual approach to maximize daylight while lowering the home’s exposure to the elements. The unique turns and green roof of the home also creates an organic tension with the heavy concrete walls.
The architect describes the home as being at the end of a road, which then turns into a pedestrian path cresting the roof of the home. The inside is well lit, taking advantage of the high northern facing celestial windows. This home was made for walking through, like a Richard Serra sculpture where each step reveals a previously hidden vista. As the home melts into the landscape the green roof serves to provide high insulation and controls storm water runoff.