Cottage in the Vineyard by Ramón Esteve Estudio

View house in the landscape.

Project Specs


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Cottage in Fontanars is located in the municipality of Fontanars, on the outskirts of the village surrounded by large acreages. The project seeks the maximum environmental and landscape integration because of its border location between a zone of pine forests and the grapevine fields, being diluted practically in the vegetation. To this contributes the decision to develop the entire program in a single plant, in addition to the material chosen, which provides shade consistent with the place.

▼鸟瞰图,aerial view


“This countryside retreat generated from the idea of a standard traditional rural house with its pitched roof, applying a new concept of space afterwards.”


Generating Forms


The geometry consists in mapping the line edge that defines the traditional house to extrude it after, forming an envelope under which will be developed throughout the project. That line-concept, turned into a long concrete shell that organizes the dwellings ́ program and is crossed transversely by the rooms materialized as pine wood containers.

▼轴侧结构分析,axon analysis



“The house is composed by two monolithic structures forming two large blocks made of different materials, the first one made of white concrete, both inside and outside, cut across by structural surfaces made of thermally-modified pine wood.”

▼混凝土与木材的对比设计,the using of concrete and wood


Environment and Landscape


The access to the plot is through a path surrounded by olive trees. In the background, you can see the house, hidden by groups of cypresses, poplars and pine trees. You enter the house through one of the wooden structures. The central space is a fluid common area dominated by a big fireplace towards which all the rooms are opened. From the inside, the views are framed by the pine wood surfaces that intersect the central space. By being considered a second residence, both these structures and the porches can be totally locked when the house is not inhabited.

▼隐藏在丛林深处,hidden by trees


▼通透的双面景观,view connections of both sides

▼空间的围合与开敞,close and open of the functions



▼各个空间均与中央壁炉联通,the fireplace opens to each room

▼客厅,living room


▼观景体验,views from inside





A wide porch, placed at the end of the house, completes the home. It provides a lounge area linked to a dual landscape, on one side the immediate views of the pine forest, on the other side those of the vineyard. The house is modulated by the timber planks of 20 cm. that built the wooden boxes and also the timber formwork for pouring concrete. Also the pinewood furniture and the carpentry for this retreat have been specifically designed following the same modulation. Both materials, white concrete and timber, are coherent with the nature of the structure.

▼木材作为空间设计主要材料,wood as the main materials



▼双面观景,views from both sides


Green Technology

“从环境上讲,它遵循被动住宅设计标准。通过太阳能板,生物能源,雨水收集系统的使用,来实现可再生能源和能源的循环利用。”Ramón Esteve

“Environmentally, it follows the guidelines for a passive house. Appropriate means are available to take advantage of renewable energy through the use of panels of solar energy, energy supply from biomass or collecting and storing drinkable rain water.” Ramón Esteve

▼夜色中的住宅,house in the dark


The energy saving is optimized thanks to the materials used and a thermal insulation of rock wool with great insulating ability. Also, the installation of lighting is energy-eficient due to a control system that optimizes the use of natural light.



Architect Ramón Esteve
Collaborating Architects Anna Boscà, Víctor Ruiz
Collaborators REE Tudi Soriano, Patricia Campos
Technical Architect Emilio Pérez
Project Manager Gonzalo Llin
Photographer Mariela Apollonio
Production and Audiovisual Alfonso Calza
Project 2012
Surface 414.74 m2

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