Shelter in the vineyard

Shelter in the vineyard is located in Fontanars dels Alforins, Spain. The project sits between a pine forest and vineyards of the farm, practically diluted in the vegetation. The decision to develop the home into a single plan, in addition to the materials chosen, which contributes coherent tones.

Designed by Ramón Esteve, the rural shelter takes as a generative idea the traditional rural housing with a gable roof applied to a modern interpretation. The volume is composed of two monolithic structures that form two large masses differentiated by their material, one of white concrete, both inside and outside, which is intersected by structural boxes of heat-treated pine wood.

The access to the plot is a path wrapped in olive trees. In the background you can see the house, hidden among clusters of cypresses, poplars and pines. The entrance to the house is through one of the boxes. The central concrete space forms a common area to which the rest of the rooms turn and is presided over  a large chimney. Inside, the views are framed in the pine volumes that invades the central space. When conceived as a second residence, both the boxes and the porches are completely closed when the house is not inhabited.

A large porch located at one end, completes the house, offering a rest area linked to a dual landscape. On the one hand, the most immediate views of the pine forest and on the other to the vineyards. The house is modulated by 20cm boards that build the wooden boxes, and the boards of the concrete form-work.

All pine furniture and carpentry have been designed specifically for this shelter following this modulation. The materiality is consistent with the nature of its structure, whether it is white concrete or wood. All the interior architecture has been designed specifically for this project including elements such as cranks, faucets, lighting push-buttons, chimney -everything is personalised and integrated into the architecture.

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