Hill House 

House in a remote hamlet in Avila, Spain

Spain’s rural environment has been radically depopulated through decades of internal migration to the urban centers, prompting remote municipalities to offer affordable lots and other advantages in order regain population. In this case, an émigré returns to the ancestral village of his family to build a house in which to spend the summers with his daughters and to retire in it one day. The modest dwelling in a small lot is located on a steep incline, which conditions access and layout but provides in turn magnificent views of the valley and lake below. Like traditional hill houses in many countries, the home has distinct elevations, mute and protected from the elements to the North, and open to the views and the sun through porches and terraces to the South.

Designed with Ignacio Hornillos and Manuel Castejon

© Jesús Vassallo, 2020