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Contemporary House of the Horizon, Spain


Madrid-based architectural practice Jesus Aparicio Architecture has designed the House of the Horizon project. The single-storey contemporary property can be found in Salamanca, Spain.

According to the architects: “A calm location was selected, with enough distance to the city so that the house was like as if it was located in a village: the necessary distance for solitude with respect to the cities of Salamanca and Madrid.

“The location of the contemporary property is on the highest part of a hill, smooth on its north slope and that descends towards the south slope, with greater unevenness, towards the Castilian plateau; in a flat and infinite landscape. The project tries to highlight these spaces found on the site to make them suitable for living in a house that watches expectantly in the distant horizon. The house has two scales: one that is small and fragmented on its north, east and west sides, where the oak forest surrounds it, and the other large from the south, open to the infinite horizon of the plateau.

“A platform establishes a second scale and is the threshold of the house, analogous to what it is with respect to the landscape. The platform is ambivalent in it the natural and the artificial are superimposed: the trees, the water and the rocks can be seen with the concrete podium, revealing another one of the characteristics of this house and which is that in it, the union of the nature and the abstract artifice of architecture and interior design.

“The contemporary Spanish house, still being a place on which controlled fragments of nature are framed, above all it is the place where the presence of the horizon begins: the house of the horizon.”

Images courtesy of Roland Halbe

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January 23, 2013 | Property | View comments

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