Mediterranean Dragon House
GilBartolomé Architects created an awesome Mediterranean Dragon House in Granada, Spain. It has a unique wavy roof made from handmade zinc tiles and what’s really amazing about it is that it’s dug into a 42-degree cliff face. Because of the way the house is built into a cliff, it keeps a constant temperature of 19.5 degrees celsius.
‘The form of the house and the metallic roof produces a calculated aesthetic ambiguity between the natural and the artificial, between the skin of a dragon set in the ground, when seen from below, and the waves of the sea, when seen from above.’ – said Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé from GilBartolomé Architects.
The house overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and was designed for a young couple. The roof itself was inspired by the unique work of Spanish architect Gaudí and it was reinforced around a formwork of metal mesh. Inside the house, there’s a big split-level living area with a cantilevered terrace and a swimming pool. That big main space can be adapted into an auditorium for 70 people.
On the second floor, there are three bedrooms, so there’s plenty of room to stay in. The ceiling features double-curved concrete shells and the side overlooking the sea is completely from glass. One more interesting thing is that the house was built in 2015, during Spain’s financial crisis. What they did was choose construction systems that involved many hours of labor, so that the locals could participate and get paid for it.
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