A-cero’s new project in Avila is a dwelling of generous proportions developed over a single storey to facilitate the indoor-outdoor connection and make the most of the environment in which it stands. Surrounded by meadows, tree groves, chestnut, pine and oak trees and wildlife inhabited by stags, wild boar and roe deer, the house establishes a recognised link with the traditional architecture and vernacular customs. Stone, tile and wood have been utilised as the base materials in its construction.
The architecture attempts to formalise the space and layout of the rooms whilst representing a clear tribute to rural villages. The consequence is an open, U-shaped dwelling with a large central courtyard that shares out the uses. The principal wing houses the living rooms, dining room, TV room and children’s playrooms. In the east wing is the kitchen, laundry room and cellar and in the west wing the master bedroom. Semi-independent pavilions house the installations, riding facilities, stables and the guardians’ dwelling. Two immense awnings frame the landscape.
Through an apt play of symmetries visual perspectives are created. A painstaking study of the light allows it to come in through courtyards, grooves, windows, skylights and façade openings. The courtyards helped the practice to minimise the conditions of the extreme climate, provide colour, freshness and hold the ponds that reflect the ‘serenity and musicality’ of the water. The house generates its own environment and assimilates the best of what there is. The project arises as a response to the demands of the location.