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Country House , Segovia, Spain

Arturo Forero Calderon - Forero Arquitectura

Located in Segovia, at the foot of mountains, with plots fenced with Sepulveda stone, oak forests and alignments of ash.  The location is subject to some extreme weather, sun and snow, large temperature oscillations, solar radiation and strong storms.

The design is for a rural building associated with an agricultural holding.  As it is located in the Guadarrama national park the design uses organic architecture, renewable energy resources and local materials (stone and wood). 

The energy system comprises a geothermal heat pump, with under floor heating at low temperature.  A heating system for use in the winter is complemented with fireplaces fed with locally sourced wood fuel. 

The design is formally divided into two volumes:

  • The public, living and services, is defined with local stone and a large glass curtain wall for increased uptake of solar radiation.
  • The private area, of the bedrooms, is resolved with heat-treated wood, which develops its surface to increase sun exposure and large windows with floor to ceiling selected that are hidden from the front view.
  • Both spaces are articulated with a permeable glass walkway where the entrances are also situated. 

The whole building is protected and covered with copper roofs.  These are flat and inclined in the two volumes and curve gateway connection.  Copper is mounted on waterproof panels, waterproof sheet type Tyvek and is seamed longitudinally from continuous rolls. 

Materials were chosen for their durability in a location that is subject to some extremes of weather.  The copper roof and rainwater goods will provide life-long service and will patinate over time.

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Building

Completion date: 
2014
Country: 
Spain
City: 
Segovia

Categories

Applications: 
Rainwater/downpipes
Roofs
Type of building: 
Residential
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Forero Arquitectura
Address & description: 
C/ Breton do los Herreros 66 28.003 MADRID ESPANA

Awards

Season: 
2015

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