Duque y Zamora Arquitectos completed the design for a generously-sized modern home in Villanueva de Pría, Spain. The residence pays tribute to energy efficiency and sustainability. Part of a joint project that includes three other houses, Villa EntreEncinas consists of a compact volume, partially hidden in the steep terrain. To the south, there is a solar collector, which sits on the flat area of the plot. Its height does not exceed that of the surrounding treetops.
From the 1st floor, the view is not interrupted and the light shines with greater intensity and duration. This was the perfect place to position the living room, kitchen and bathroom. The private areas are located on the ground floor. According to the architects, the materials used for the construction were non-toxic, with a low environmental impact for a healthy indoor environment, mostly of organic origin and 100% renewable: “laminated wood for prefabricated structures, insulation cork for façade and roof, cellular glass insulation under slab, piping, wiring and electrical equipment polypropylene lime plaster facade, roof garden, PVC curtains and blinds, and natural limestone flooring and bamboo“.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
What is new and exciting now can quickly begin to look tired and out of fashion, so the best buildings don’t just consider what will be interesting to look at now, but also how it might look to people in five, fifty or even a hundred years’ time. 2013’s hotly contested RIBA Stirling Prize went to Witherford Watson Mann Architects for their work on Astley Castle, Warwickshire. In what RIBA Past President Stephen Hodder has described as an extreme retrofit, the project essentially saw a new building inserted subtly into the heart of the old, with a new, two storey residence now hidden within the sandstone walls of the ruins of this medieval castle, to be used as a holiday home for up to eight guests