Architect Quico Jorreto brought to fruition a house constructed into the land with both extreme views plus privacy in the House on the Miño River. It definitely took a talented eye to envision this stunning marriage of concrete block elegantly embedded into a grassy country hillside.
Positioned in the Northwest region of Spain, this modern day dream home is graced with complete southern exposure and strategically divided into 3 separate structures: the carport, a totally-glazed adjacent patio cube affording priceless mountain vistas and river views, as well as the central box featuring the home’s main spaces such as the living area, kitchen and bedrooms.
Unexpected and possessing a serene beauty is the rooftop pool constructed into the volume which is partially nestled into the hillside. This is certainly a reflecting pool–in each sense of the word–where one particular needn’t necessarily swim, yet rather float, absorbing life’s smallest pleasures. An industrial metal grate walkway follows the length of the roof plane, although shading, ventilating and penetrating light upon a courtyard beneath which is shared with the living areas.
With retractable glass sliding doors, the living spaces absorb the panorama of, according to the architect, “water, air, earth and fire.” Endless breezes and views of the verdant ranges and glassy river treat residents and guests alike, while the primary level patio receives a built-in fire pit affording yet another level of straightforward luxury. Cozying up with blankets, wine and marshmallows would be fitting for an evening under the stars on this exceptional terrace.
The interior is open, airy and spacious with the colorful, modern yet soft-to-the-touch furnishings, pillows and textured area rug. Vertical wood paneling painted white comes off as rustic. The light wood flooring all through also creates warmth, although the contemporary kitchen and dining location is minimalist and clean. A thoughtful operate location is dotted with a white desk and Eames-style chairs in teal, grey and yellow producing cheer. Bedrooms and bathrooms are tucked into the much more private quarters of this floorplan.
Spain’s House on the Miño River by Quico Jorreto portrays a simplistic sophistication and is a precise interpretation of modern property meshed with bountiful nature.