Transforming a traditional row house that dates back to 1880 into a contemporary home that serves the needs of a modern family is a task that requires a careful balance of form and function The space available is indeed limited creating another dimension to the design conundrum and it does take a hint of creativity along with an understanding of the building’s past to get the best result.
The new rear addition to an existing home was modelled on the design flexibility and simplicity of the classic dollhouse where partitions between rooms are often arbitrary and one room can be turned into another by simply swapping the décor!
Large glass windows not only bring in plenty of light but also help in keeping the home warm during the chilly winter months. The orientation of the home is such that the house benefits from extra sunlight during the colder months while it is protected from the harsh desert heat during the summer. This passive cooling and heating technique also cuts out reliance on artificial temperature control systems.
With adobe walls bringing the native charm of the landscape indoors one gets the impression that the comfy home is an extension of the scenery around it as pavilions walkways and sweeping interiors flow into each other seamlessly.
Not only does this save up on energy bills but keeps the carbon footprint of an already squeaky clean home down to a bare minimum. A neutral color scheme indoors and unabated views of Collserola mount complete this lovely green home.