House on the Minho river – Quico Jorreto – Spain Apr23


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House on the Minho river – Quico Jorreto – Spain

House on the Minho river - Quico Jorreto - Spain

House on the Minho river – Quico Jorreto – Spain

House on the Minho river – Quico Jorreto – Spain

Architect: Quico Jorreto

Structure: Jorge Aragon Fitera

Construction: construcciones Jorreto s.a.

Kitchen: introset, bulthaup coruna

Furniture: Quico Jorreto (oak table and stools, living room side tables, bed frame, study table and bookshelf, couch)

Two strong perpendicular moves over the declining site in the form of concrete interventions make up the house looking over the Miño river in Galicia. Local architect Quico Jorreto sought to take full advantage of the southern-facing slope for natural light and to frame the opportune views with a reinforced concrete dwelling partially embedded and concealed into the terrain. Divided into three parts, the house is made up of a carport that can be used as an exterior patio, a glass enclosed box whose purpose exists for the observation of the river below and acts as a pivot point for the perpendicularly converging wings, and the enclosed volumes containing services and residential program. The primary semi-buried volume contains a pool that stretches the over the entire roof plane and reflects the surrounding nature, a foreshadowing to the natural water feature beyond. A metal mesh walkway alongside the pool’s edge conceals a courtyard below that ensures plenty of illumination to all parts of the hidden private areas of the home, along with access to ventilation. The central living room and kitchen enjoy a panoramic window facing south while two cores containing the bathrooms separate this social area from the private bedrooms and small office situated at either end of the structure.

 In the words of the architect:

 A cave, an eye looks to the river, looking for the sun and a buried patio emitting light, ventilation and protection. The eye is big enough to heat in the winter and enjoy the landscape, small enough to close and protect the cave.

 A transitional space of access to the cave, a place of contemplation and meditation; water, air, earth and fire. Inside the cave two service blocks separate the space for life and sun from the private areas of repose protected by the patio.