When we want to feel lost in immense green mountain landscapes, we travel to the north of Spain. Here the views are completely different than in any other region: greener, fresher, more natural. In Asturias, on top of a winding hill, we found a house that we want to share. The architecture of straight lines contrasts with the rocky curves of the environment, and this modern looking country house offers a warm and modern place to enjoy the more natural side of life. Nearby, a neighbouring building and a paved road are the only symbols of civilization.
The creators of the project are the architects of Studio Alvarez. Based in Madrid but with international experience, their ethics can be described as a search for formal elegance through the logic of constructive solutions. Here we set the starting point of this homify 360º and begin the journey though outside and inside of this country house.
With this birds eye view, we can see the environment surrounding the house. It is set in the upper part of a green slope, where it can use its privileged position to admire the best views over the landscape. The house is set back from the fence that isolates it from the nearby buildings. On the back, an infinite garden and view allow the inhabitants to enjoy nature close to home.
An opening in the wall indicates the entrance and access to the property. The entrance to a home should always look as nice as possible, so a carpet of green lawn welcomes us home into an outer private waiting room. The combination of materials creates a landscape of contrasts: warmth in the wooden fence, coolness in the metal deck and concrete walls.
Around the house, from the bottom of the garden, we can see how the house appears from another angle. A large terrace is located at the top of the incline and creates an outdoor living space. Above we see horizontally opening windows protected by metal slats.
The interior follows the same compositional style as the facade: a set of different textures placed at different depths creates a harmony of strong geometric trends. Straight lines and pure and powerful geometry create a modern and balanced inner landscape. The colour white was chosen to highlight the compositional elements of the space and to create a contrast with the metal and dark floor. The interplay of contrasts also extends to the furniture and decoration, where different materials and finishes add a contemporary and elegant style.
But inside we still encounter some surprises. Above the first floor, we find a corridor that is very different from the conventional hallway. Open and airy, this hallway has a number of different uses: it gives us access to the different rooms of the house, and it becomes a treasured library and a area from which to look down and view the living room.
The variety of materials used makes for a house rich in details. Wood, concrete, and metal offer different construction elements and creating a landscape of contrasting sensations.
If you liked this book of ideas, we suggest that you take a look at the homify 360° section of our magazine where you can find more projects like this.