Tuesday, 21 April 2015

An Ancient Spanish Stable Becomes A Magnificent Country Home, by Abaton

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Located in the province of C├íceres, in Spain, the key objective of this renovation, undertaken by Abaton Architecture Studio, was to transform an abandoned stable into a family home, by completely rethinking and redesigning the space in a way that would, nevertheless, still be consistent with and respectful to the surrounding environment.

High on a hill and far from city water or an electrical grid, Abaton quickly implemented the addition of photovoltaic and hydro power to the house, and worked to ensure the home wouldn't use much energy. The building's original orientation also helped with this sustainable approach, as southern exposure allowed for the sun to be the main source of heat during the winter. In terms of the design, a generous eave prevents much sun from entering the home during summer, thus keeping it cool. Large wooden shutters that slide closed, like a second skin, cover the large windows at night to trap in most of the home's daily solar heat gain.

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls
As the building is located far from city water but perfectly located below two streams that flow all year round, the water is pure and can be used for both drinking and bathing, and the swimming pool acts as a holding tank for use in irrigation. Within the interior of the refurbished home, Abaton has worked to capture nature in just about every room in the house; bathrooms sport views of the interior patio with its stone water fountain, and bedrooms with huge picture windows welcome breathtaking views of the countryside...
The fa├žade is composed of a mix of cement and local stone, renewed yet still capturing the essence of what was once the crumbling envelope of the stable. Inside the home, supporting walls have been replaced by light metal pillars, the haylofts in the upper area converted into bedrooms, and the enormous central lounge is a flexible space that can serve different purposes. In short, a mix of modern cement and iron beams coexist with well-worn stone, weather-beaten wood and local stone, to create a warm home that is completely enriched with nature.
Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

Spanish Country Home, by Abaton - Nest of Pearls

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