House in Armentia, Avda San Prudencio 52


The principal aim of this project was to dialogue with its natural surrounding with the use of materials that were not artificial creating a modern interpretation of a log cabin hidden within a wood. An inspiration was taken 18th century Japanese Palaces en Katsura and Kyoto that display a great harmony with nature.

A design decision was taken to take inspiration from the high Poplar trees in the garden and use timber columns within the house that support slate roofs and 4 glazed cubes. The facades are clad in the traditional way with natural stone from Retes de Tudela or white render and are pierced with glazing that allows views to the exterior and to other parts of the house. Similar materials are used in the interiors to further enhance the sensation of transparency from inside to outside.

The base of the facades are separated from the ground with polished black stones that create a neat threshold.

Location and year of Project:Avda. San Prudencio 52, Vitoria-Gasteiz, 2008
Project Director:Ramón Ruiz-Cuevas Peña
Senior Architect:Mark Beston
Client: Cesar Arbaizar