Summer house in Valdoviño

2019 - 2020
private commission
Valdoviño, Galicia

Set in a sloping land towards the Atlantic Ocean, eucalyptus
and pine trees define this plot with a spectacular view towards Valdoviño beach. The house, thought as a cascade of dry granite retaining walls, aims to produce a diversified spatial understanding of its surroundings by becoming a topographical experience itself: a walk through the garden.

It is in fact divided into three areas corresponding to three different landscapes: daily living areas and terrace towards the sea, sleeping ones are in the garden, and surf storage is facing the backside hills. The main retaining walls are in local granite big blocks, while the rest of the house is light weight wood construction. The rough Galician sea is visibile from three specific openings in the living room which accompain different moments and speeds of the daytime.

The coreography that this house promotes is longitudinal, enhancing the idea of living through this beautiful garden during summer retreats in a linear physical experience. A small territorial infrastructure - the kaleidoscopic experience of ocean, garden and hills.