In Avila, Spain, A-cero Architects designed this expansive modern abode to take advantage of the surrounding natural landscape and reinterpret local vernacular and layout. To incorporate traditional architectural cues, A-cero kept the all living spaces on a single level, arranging them in a lengthened u-shape around a central courtyard. Traditional masonry and wood construction techniques were implemented in the home’s construction, further engaging it with local craftsmen and culture.
Though tradition played an important role, the overall impression of the home is thoroughly modern. A massive, cantilevered awning is the most prominent exterior feature, enhancing the elongated, low-slung nature of the design. Generous exterior glazing and sliding doors were placed specifically to take advantage of natural lighting conditions, creating a glowing interior ambiance while protecting inhabitants from the harsh seasonal conditions.
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