Trained as an industrial designer and architect, Borja García founded his own firm, Borja Garcia Studio, and unified the two disciplines. With several years of experience behind him, his projects have been awarded and exhibited on the international stage. The scope of work focuses mainly on the residential and commercial field, proving consistent with the needs of each client responses.
Currently, Borja García combines his work in the studio with his profession as professor of industrial design and architecture at the University Cardenal Herrera—CEU in Valencia.
On this mountain of Alicante, overlooking the east coast retreat located in the town of Vall de Aguar, is where our subject home was constructed. Surrounded by cherry trees, this small house is situated in a prime rural location. The building, taking in the surrounding materials, blends into the landscape well.
The construction is limited in space due to the conditions of the municipality: the regulation only allows one to build a story on ground level and underground. With these constraints, and using the allowable height, Borja García Studio places the program in three heights; one of which is buried.
Downstairs, we see wall and open spaces dominated by white: where the lounge is located. A wall thickens; integrating the fireplace and storage. The lounge overlooks the outside through a hole in the open glass wall.
Also supported on a wall, the linear staircase gives access to the other two stories. Upstairs leads to a bedroom -like a hidden space within a box. The bedroom to the ground floor subsequently turns into a double height.
The basement skylights come from these two benches, situated outside. The outer wall is constructed using stacked, dry stone and boasts an environmentally friendly approach. The gaps stress the house's flared character through the use of a steel window plate: contrasting between modern and rustic.