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Green Roofed Urrezkoenea House Melts Into the Spanish Coastline

Posted By Andrew Michler On July 6, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In Architecture,Daylighting,green roof | No Comments

Cantabric Coast home, green roof home, natural daylight, home built in hill, Spain green roof, Peña Ganchegu [1]

Nestled along the Cantabric Coast [2] of Spain, the Urrezkoenea House, makes light of the stormy and steep landscape. Architect Peña Ganchegui’s [3] 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.

Cantabric Coast home, green roof home, natural daylight, home built in hill, Spain green roof, Peña Ganchegu

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 [4]. This home was made for walking through, like a Richard Serra [5] sculpture where each step reveals a previously hidden vista. As the home melts into the landscape the green roof [6] serves to provide high insulation and controls storm water runoff.

+ Peña Ganchegui y Asociados [3]

Via Dezeen [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/07/06/urre-house/new-8-12/

[2] Cantabric Coast: http://www.oneplanettravel.com/cms/cms/opt/www/pri/contentNavigation/destination.jsp?resource=/opt/contents/place/z_eu/c_es/costaCantabra/destination#Portray of the Destination

[3] Peña Ganchegui’s: http://www.ganchegui.com/

[4] celestial windows: http://inhabitat.com/?attachment_id=133611

[5] Richard Serra: http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/14

[6] green roof: http://inhabitat.com/green-roof/

[7] Dezeen: http://www.dezeen.com/2010/06/23/urezkoenea-house-by-pen%CC%83a-ganchegui-y-asociados/

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