The Ripolles-Manrique House in Castellon, Spain

This is the Ripolles-Manrique House and it’s in fact a two-volume structure. It was a project by Castellon-based studio Teo Hidalgo Nácher and it was completed in 2009. The two attached homes that form the residence are located near the town of Benicassim in Castellon, Spain. It sits on an isolated estate surrounded by pine trees. The construction actually began in the 70s.

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The residence also benefits from amazing views. The irregularities of the plot dictated part of the design. So instead of worrying about all the difficulties that the site might present, the architect let the nature guide him and was able to come up with this design. The structure is composed of two houses with an almost identical design. They are joined together to form one unit.

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The main idea behind the project was to make the most of the available space. The building regulations also dictated the minimum space distance from the edges of the plot: 3 meters from the eastern edge and five from the western. The design of this contemporary structure was based on a series of requests from the owners and the architect.

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The two volumes needed privacy while also being in constant relation with the exterior. They needed natural ventilation and plenty of common space.The property includes a shared garden and a series of transition spaces that connect the interior and exterior areas. There are sliding glass doors, windows that can be hollowed out and lots of beautiful views.{found on ArchDaily and pics by José Hevia}.