Pioneering the use of recycled wood from the local fishing industry, today’s dream home is not only a luxurious waterfront property, but also a contemporary energy efficient solution for modern living. The Dezanove House in Spain’s Northwest Arousa estuary borrows the surrounding environment’s tradition and reveals them as a story seen in the architectural details. Architect Iñaki Leite exemplary used recycled wood from the local fishing industry to compose a decadent simplicity.
“The very old wood used in the construction comes from the recycling of local “bateas”. These are wooden platforms placed at sea and used in the mussel production industry. The wood used in this unique local fishing technique is exposed to the sea and coastal weather for over 25 years before being sent to recycling normally for vineyards or gardening.”
The picturesque town of A Pobra do Caramiñal is now a part of this home, as “he beams have been treated and halved to produce two different textures. The outer part of the wood beam is rough and keeps the old texture. This is therefore used for the outer façade as a response to the urban scale. On the contrary, the wood used in the interiors, is the inside cut of the beam and is purposely used to provide more visual comfort and warmth.”
Captured in photos by Adrián Vázquez, the Dezanove House was imagined to have a relaxing effect, mirroring the serenity of the water. Interiors decorated with raw materials and bathrooms in frozen glass create a sense of stillness while the textured wood warms up the atmosphere. Obtaining the highest energy efficiency rating included orienting the structure as to be part of its landscape: “The design partially shows the naked rock that protects it and at the same time it opens completely to the sea and seeks the sun.” The sensation of a larger space is given by the constant visual connection between different spaces, guiding the architect towards building two volumes “of naturally reconciled geometries”.
You might want to know how this home is much more than a gorgeously versatile home:
“The private volume is built with wood exterior/concrete interior and the use of the shutters is flexible allowing for privacy and sun protection. The use of materials is the opposite in the public volume, with the large glass panels, the sea views and the sun protection given by the shadow of the top balcony. The high energy rating (A) was achieved with a complex ventilation system design, high insulation, low system’s consumption, use of large south-facing glass surfaces combined with flexible use of solar protection elements.”
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