house in red. calas de guisando, avila

the plot lies perpendicular to the reservoir of san juan and enjoys privileged views and private access to the water all over its east borderline. a high degree of protection is applied to the plot due to the ecological value of the reservoir and its surrounding vegetation. the respect toward the landscape, natural topography and the existing vegetation are key principles of the work. upon arrival the house is below, following the natural topography as if levitating above the natural soil. the relationship that this house establishes with the environment is of permeability and leveraging. the floor plan of the house is the direct consequence of the full respect towards the existing topography and trees; growing and shortening where allowed. the connection between the entrance level and access to water is graduated by three intermediate levels into which the diffe­rent family members find their private spaces and easily connect both to the exterior and the public level of the living room and the kitchen, situated as if a navel, in between the parent’s level and the children’s. this house can not speak of four organized facades according to orientation to cardinal points. the resulting volume acquires the quality of its skin, which as such, wraps and protects the house. it is a continuous wooden skin in red that becomes transparent to capture light and vision when needed.


location: cebreros, ávila, calas de guisando, calle manuel de falla 36.

client: private

date: built march 2022

area: 345,45 m2

architects:  estudio__entresitio; maria hurtado de mendoza, cesar jimenez de tejada, alvar ruiz

design team:  estudio__entresitio; maria hurtado de mendoza, cesar jimenez de tejada, alvar ruiz, eduardo blanes, adriana pablos, peio erroteta, carlotta albini, carlos diaz del rio, vittorio asperti, maria urigoitia

construction management: estudio__entresitio; maria hurtado de mendoza, cesar jimenez de tejada, alvar ruiz, borja requena

consultans: ignacio aspe (structures), altermateria (CLT), manuel rodriguez (energy eficiency), ignacio valero: arkilum (lighting design), planta paisajistas (landscaping and gardening)

photo credits: roland halbe



  • spanish architecture award premios arquitectura del cscae
  • shortlisted premios ROOM, proyecto de arquitectura
  • finalist XVI BEAU, Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2023
  • finalist International Architecture Award BigMat’23 (BMIAA23).
  • shortlisted international susteinable architectura awards 2023_Fassa Bortolo_Universidad de Ferrara
  • selected arquitectura premio fad 2023
  • mention premio COAM 2023


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