In another view of the living space we see a wall mirror recessed lighting and two large mineral specimens that add earthy interest: Check out the kitchen below complete with a refrigerator and a GE oven powered by propane. The dining area is tucked neatly against the window so there’s room to eat live and breathe.
Creating a modern residence that offers gorgeous views and maintains the delicate balance of the surrounding natural setting is indeed a hard task. Architect Quico Jorreto has successfully managed to accomplish this by conjuring up and bringing to life this amazing house overlooking Miño River in Galicia Spain. Surrounded by a beautiful green landscape the home utilizes the available landscape to perfection as it offers those inside with unabated views of the river terrain while providing a comfortable retreat.
Many of the Paradigm dwelling features celebrate the environment including a solar panel rainwater collector rainwater tank greenhouse composting unit with waterless toilet and Energy Star appliances. Not to mention each home has a super insulated shell.
This home was cleverly created by Laird Herbert. We love how the exterior of the house combines metal and FSC tongue and groove cedar. FYI–the interior walls of the home are crafted from birch plywood and drywall.
The presence of wood is felt even indoors as the flooring and sporadic presence of the material in exclusive corners gives the home a warm and welcoming appeal. Spacious living and dining areas are separated by a courtyard allowing for ample natural ventilation.
One of the striking features of the home is its extensive use of glass for the top level that gives those inside gorgeous views of snowy slopes in winter and lush green canopy in the summer months. With no beams or dividing walls being employed the vacation home has a ‘barn like’ atmosphere that is uncluttered and uncomplicated. The top floor sports the living and dining spaces that are all connected visually on one level while the bottom level of the home offers ample privacy.
The semi-buried unit employs large floor-to-ceiling glass windows on one of the sides to ensure there is ample natural ventilation while the reflection pool on the roof helps regulate the temperature inside without too much reliance on artificial heating systems.