Designing in a historical village that appears frozen in time. This four-story detached house is located in the small municipality of Mora de Rubielos in the Aragon region in north-eastern Spain. The town is an urban and architectural jewel, framing traditional buildings and noble residences decorated with coats of arms and impressive grilles. However, it is best known for its imposing 14th-century Gothic-style medieval castle on a hill in the Sierra de Gudar.
Raul Garcia’s house is designed to overlook the castle and seamlessly blend with the historic architecture without sacrificing a contemporary style and functional materials. The Valencia-based architect designed the project around its proximity to the fortress and created a plan centred around large, custom-designed windows from which you can enjoy a unique view. The house not only overlooks this building, one of the best-preserved examples of civil-military architecture from the Kingdom of Aragon, but also an orchard with trees whose leaves change with the seasons.
The materials used, both inside and outside, harmoniously blend with the urban context. The house is characterized by minimal, linear furnishing choices, together with solutions that create a carefully crafted, detail-oriented effect. Wood-look stoneware, natural stone, white tiles, exposed beams and glass transparencies: a few simple elements which, placed side by side, convey a sense of scale and sophistication without sacrificing design and total comfort, as in the case of the panoramic glass lift connecting the floors.
The warm shade of Castagno, chosen from among the many available in the Treverkhome wood-look stoneware collection (30 x 120 cm), with its characteristic, imperfect veining creates a seamless effect between the rooms in the home.
“The house was covered with wood-look porcelain stoneware because it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also offers two key benefits: durability and low maintenance,” Garcia said. “It also conveys feelings of warmth and is very versatile, which means it can be used in all the rooms in the home. As an architect, I am satisfied with the product’s high quality and the many options available, as well as the material’s technical performance.”