Live-In Landscape: Terraced Multi-Structure Spanish Home

In a great series of a deformations, what might have been a boringly linear dwelling breaks down into a series of interconnected spaces that nestle the landscape while shaping outdoor rooms.

Designed by Alarcón + Asociados (photos by Pablo Cruz) and set in León, Spain, the low-cost, energy-efficient set of single-story structures consist of simple post-and-beam systems, spanned by inexpensive clay tiles.

The diagrams complete the picture, walking one through the process that started with basic requirements than morphed to create more private and public living spaces and to separate the kitchen, garage and reaction rooms.

Playfully-angled green roofs lend an organic quality to the exterior while also helping with passive cooling and heating processes. Coupled with common materials (concrete blocks and metal accents) used throughout, zig-zagging walls and roof recreate a whole from disparate parts.

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