Dwelling In Avila / A-cero

© Xurxo Lobato

Architects: A-cero
Location: Ávila, Spain
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Xurxo Lobato

© Xurxo Lobato

A dwelling of generous proportions developed over a single storey to facilitate the indoor-outdoor connection and to make the most of the environment in which it stands. Surrounded by meadows, tree groves, chestnut, pine and oak trees and wildlife represented by stags, wild boar and roe deer, the edifice establishes a recognised link with the traditional architecture and vernacular customs. Stone, tile, wood have been used in its construction.

© Xurxo Lobato

The sense of the architecture is to formalise the space and layout of the rooms besides representing a clear tribute to rural villages. The consequence is an open, U-shaped dwelling with a large central courtyard that shares out the uses. The principal wing houses the living rooms, dining room, TV room and children’s and playrooms. In the east wing is the kitchen, laundry room and cellar and in the west wing the master bedroom. Semi-independent pavilions house the installations, riding facilities, stables and the guardians’ dwelling. Two immense awnings frame the landscape.

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Through an apt play of symmetries visual perspectives are created. A painstaking study of the light allows it to come in through courtyards, grooves, windows, skylights and façade openings. The courtyards help us to minimise the conditions of the extreme climate, provide colour, freshness and hold the ponds that reflect the serenity and musicality of the water.

© Xurxo Lobato
© Xurxo Lobato

Indoors there is a consistency in its development that offers us serene, private ambiences full of nuances and subtleties. The house generates its own environment and assimilates the best of what there is. The project arises as a response to the demands of the place.

Cite: "Dwelling In Avila / A-cero" 26 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 Jul 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=91312>

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    I’m personally tired of A-CERO’s giant, pretentious and unnecesary architecture. why are their houses so big in scale?
    that kitchen must be very uncomfortable having to walk so far to reach the oven. that suspended sections are just for bragging. If I had enough money I wouldn’t ask the architect to make the most spectacular house that I can afford.

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    Getting a stronger and stronger vibe that PR agents are paying for spots on ArchDaily now. How many times has A-cero been on here recently?!

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      Dear Chris,

      Several times, same as many other architects.

      We are the most visited website for architects in the world, we take this very serious. We try to provide a wide scope of projects, understanding that architecture has many paths, to keep you informed the best way possible.

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