At the end of the corridor lies a set of stone steps that lead down to a heavy steel door. Rogelio likens crossing this threshold to stepping into a cave; “It feels dark and cold, yet strangely very cosy,” he explains. Inside, a palette of grey concrete, the same as the exterior, and rich wood contrast with and echo the colours of the forest. “Crucially, the warm temperature of the wood balances out the cold temperature of the concrete,” Rogelio notes. These two materials are paired with steel accents that, with time, will develop an appearance like tree bark.
For the layout, the public spaces on the left side of the house are completely exposed to the forest, while the private spaces on the right embrace a courtyard, providing seclusion without a sense of detachment from nature. The general feeling is that of being immersed in nature and, at the same time, shielded from it.
While some architects design homes to simply occupy a plot of land, others, like HW Studio Arquitectos, craft homes that seamlessly integrate with and become an integral part of the land itself.