Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui
y Asociados


Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

Peña Ganchegui y Asociados have completed this house overlooking the sea in Getaria, northern Spain.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

Called Urezkoenea House, the residence emerges from beneath a pedestrian pathway leading from the access road.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

The rounded building shelters a terrace overlooking the ocean.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

Here are some more details from the architects:


In a plot with a steep slope towards the North, aligned to the coast and therefore with full enjoyment of the view of the Cantabric sea, the building is situated close to the local access road, albeit at sufficient distance to ensure the maximum of sunlight by moving away from the shadow of the adjacent trees.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

It looks like a departure but, in effect, it is the beginning of a new road, a pedestrian one, which reaches the building as a prelude to the path encircling the field, by gently descending towards the sea below.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

The physical constraints of the terrain explain both the desire to vanish, as well as the need to shelter, which arises on days, not unusual in that rough part of the coast, when pouring rain together with northwest gale make it an unsettling site.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

By turning seeking shelter from the wind, the road takes the form of a bulwark looking for a secluded vantage point to enjoy the full view of the landscape. Throughout the walk, the views come and go as a way to becoming less obvious.

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

Urezkoenea House by Peña Ganchegui y Asociados

See also:


East Mountain
by Johan Berglund
Cottages at Fallingwater
by Patkau Architects
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Posted on Wednesday June 23rd 2010 at 6:30 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • http://www.fgoesarte.blogspot.com FELIPE GOES

    Great relation between the building and the terrain. I liked the diversity of textures and materials too.

  • edward

    Furnishings might help the interior which look cold the opposite of what would want in a home in a harsh climate. I keep looking for a huge fireplace.

  • slater

    The exterior reminds me of a bunker. I can’t tell if it is board formed concrete or actual wood strips. The interior and the overall massing is nice but I wish the exterior was a bit warmer or less monolithic.

  • martino

    very empty :)

  • http://yasminchopin.blogspot.com Yasmin Chopin

    I would love to create the interiors for this awesome house. There is great potential to bring life and colour into this concrete bunker of a building. The views, light and shapes created by the architecture are quite inspiring.

    Yasmin Chopin Interior Design

  • Edorta

    Yes. It’s “quite” empty;) In fact, these photographs were taken on April, when the house was still under construction. Actually works are still going on and, it will probably take some time to have it furnished. Anyway, in the architects’ words, the house won’t be finished until the day the surrounding nature and the cantabric sea have done their job. By the way, the formwork of the concrete walls and the aging of the wood planks, wich have already gone grey, make it difficult to tell more than just a single material under the green roof.

  • edward

    OK, I was wondering about the choice of the wood planks on the terrace.

  • http://www.lewismitchell.com Lewis

    I like the way the exterior already looks very established

  • Név*

    Wow, that’s a bunker, fortunately we’re way over the second world war so it’s a bit late :D

  • slater

    Thanks for the insite Edorta. I think the statement you (or the architect in this case) made about the house won’t be finished till nature does it’s work is very interesting. I’d love to see some photos a year, five years, and ten years from now to see the progression of nature’s effect and how it weathers the abuse/love of the occupants. I think that is the true test of design, time and use. I’m sure this will be well loved long into the future.

  • Alvaro Perez Rey

    Exterior remembers atlantic architecture compiled by Paul Virilio in your book “Bunker Archaeology. New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1994” about military defenses built in 2 world warrior in the atlantic european coast
    Just appropriately in the site

  • Alvaro Perez Rey

    Other reference, more abstract, can be “Elogio del Horizonte”, esculture placed in Gijon, Asturias, Spain, work of Eduardo Chillida friend of Luis Peña Ganchegui former architect of the architectural office, today deceased since last year

  • therese

    subtle beauty

  • Alar Corner

    This house has an unusual beauty, as a result of his unsophisticated construction and a skillful form, that fits well with the landscape and the inner function. I love it.

  • martin guo

    The perfect combination of landscape and architecture