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Wood Houses the Families of Three Sisters in the Spanish Countryside

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The firm of Blancafort-Reus Arquitectura has designed an unusual house to be shared by three sisters, and their families, in Spain.

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The house is most unusual for Spain, because it is an all wooden structure, entirely clad in pressure treated pine.

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The plan is unusual too: three narrow wings spread outwards. These allow for the maximum cross ventilation to protect the temperature inside.

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That winged plan also allows each family to have privacy and their own unique views outward.

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But intimate connections are easily made between each family’s space.

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Cooling strategies were employed in the siting and shading to adapt the architecture to the baking hot climate, while allowing the sun in in winter.

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On the sides oriented to the cool north light,  the windows are larger.

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Floors are cool polished concrete.  Cross ventilation and insulated glass keep the interiors cool.

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Rainwater is captured and stored to water the trees and the vegetable garden.

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The heat of the sun is used to heat water in solar thermal panels set out of sight on the highest parts of the three buildings.

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The hottest south-facing sides have few openings to allow heat in.

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The finished result, looking like an outcropping of farm buildings, merges well in the surrounding agricultural landscape, in a hot and dry region of Spain known for olive groves and grapevines.

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