Text description provided by the architects. The house is considered as an ideal scene to live due to the place its located (climate, pine forest, topography, orientation) providing a way of life in touch with nature interrelating outdoor and indoor spaces and provinding at the same time maximun privacy. The answer to the sourroundings (a neiborhood of little interest however it is placed in a very nice pine forest and nearby the sea) It is closed to the exterior limits and it is open to the garden. therefore the architecture is established in the place as a balance in between the natural and the urban. it is created an interior landscape to live in with. The building is concentrated in the north of the plot, following the orientation East -West releasing the maximun surface to the garden. The subsidiary uses are concentrated in a separate volume, but integrated all together.
The Project is developed in 3 levels: topography, solar orientation and life journey. The architecture integrates place and structure, interior and exterior; each element is connected, integrated each one with the rest. The spaces are delimit just by structural walls of reinforced concrete, without the use of interior walls. Each element has a different proportion and also a different space quality connecting with the rest and the exterior. This allows to perceive the light from different directions offering fragmented views of the interior and the garden. It appears to the exterior by volumens of different proportion which connect harmoniously with the pine sourrounding.
Though an appropiate design it is obtained a great energy efficiency: Orientation E-O with north façade exposed to the Tramontana wind (cold and turbulent) like a ´riprap´ which is closed and with little wall oppenings angled for natural ventilation. With this and a good thermal insulation in the outer face of the facade and in the roofs it prevents the use of air conditioning in the summer. It will also help to control the humidity and the cold in the winter. The South facade opens up as a fan towards the garden articulating a soft transition in between the interior and the exterior avoiding the direct sun impact on the main gaps. This is done through cantilevers which provide shade. We can avoid the solar radiation in the summer however it is allowed its way in the winter. The boiler uses biomass fuel, plenty in the. The hot water is produced trought solar energy. A tank is used for the collection and storage of the rain water and it is used for the house and garden.