House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

House in Ribela

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CATEGORY
Houses

LOCATION
Ribela, Spain

YEAR
2021

AREA
2196 Ft²

LEAD ARCHITECTS
Alberte Pérez, Enrique Iglesias, Carlos Mosquera

MANUFACTURERS
Autodesk, Marazzi, Simon, Cerámica Campo, Cype, Danosa, Hydro Aluminium, Khauf, Samsung

STRUCTURE
Gerardo Cid, Fran Carballo

BUILDER
Construcciones Vide Arias Sl

COLLABORATORS
Jorge Conde Valverde, Alejandra García Macías, Pablo Midón, Victor Amoedo, Diego Martínez, Juan Carlos Pérez Paz

“Home is no longer a dwelling but the untold story of a life being lived” John Berger. The house in Ribela is the result of an intense dialogue; first, about the decision between two families who decide to share a plot and, second, the environment.

House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

Integrating the home into the landscape is a design decision. The plot forms part of the limit of the rural nucleus and an effort is made to minimize its landscape impact.

This is a very anthropized territory. The agricultural terraces, so common on the banks of the Miño and Sil, showed us how the insertion of the house should be in the topography.

House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

The intersection of the landscape and the relationship between the three main pieces (Existing House, New House, and Pool) causes the need to obtain a common “0 level”.

Thus came the idea of ​burying the house and creating a limited and intimate space for the new residence. The proposal is based on the layout of a traditional house from the southern part of the province of Ourense, which is laid around a courtyard enclosed by large walls.

House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

In this typology, the access is through a large wooden gate. Next to this wall were the services [Bodega, Alpendres y Almacenes] and the Hórreo. From the patio, a staircase led to the house on the top floor, below the stables.

The excavated patio of the house works exactly the same, the service rooms [Garage, Installations/storage room, Multipurpose Room, Kitchen, Toilet, Playroom, and Laundry room] open to it. On the contrary, the served spaces [Living Room and Bedrooms] open onto the plot.

House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

The staircase goes up to the watchtower that is the walkable green roof, an incredible place to get lost contemplating the beautiful meander of the Miño river.

The house adapts to the environment, closes to the north, and opens to the south [breaking the corners of the living room and bedrooms].

House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

Cross ventilation is sought [Patio-Plot]. The surrounding terrain protects it and gives inertia to the rooms that regulate the interior temperature.

The house will be enjoyed differently depending on the time of the day and time of the year. In the hot summers of Ourense, life takes place inside the patio in the morning.

House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto

In the afternoon, the kitchen terrace and the swimming pools are the most privileged places. In winters, the rooms are not shaded by the width of the patio, making the plot the most used outdoor space.


House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto
House in Ribela
© Iván Casal Nieto


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Sitio
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Plan - Site
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Plan - Ground floor
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Plan - 1st floor


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