This old dry-stone outhouse, once used for storing wine, spirits and meat, now functions as a cozy family home in Galicia, Spain. Barcelona-based Cubus Arquitectura transformed the wine cellar into a residence by rebuilding the interior to accommodate three bedrooms, living areas and secluded terraces.
The house is located in the Ribeira Sacra wine region in Spain. It comprises two volumes which remained intact. Named A’Bodega, the building was built with traditional drystone walls, without mortar, and features a double height space originally used as a haystack. This space now houses two bedroom suites, while the larger single-story volume, previously used to house animals and the cellar, now functions as a split-level living space with the third bedroom in one corner and two corner courtyards.
Partially buried on the windowless road-facing side, both volumes have the east facade exposed to the landscape. To compensate for the lack of side openings, the house features two large skylights that bring natural lighting into the interior.
“By emptying the corners, patios are created that offer diagonal views, interior lighting, and cross ventilation,” said the architect. “This strategy defines not windows but voids on the facades, giving an appearance of a tectonic house without windows, but establishing an [sic] continuous relationship with the landscape between inside and outside.”
The architects used slate recycled from an old nearby house to construct the new roof, while the interior is dominated by wood, with modern white cabinets, chairs and fittings and traditional ceramics and a large kitchen table.
Photography is by Adrià Goula