There is something really uplifting when you discover how great architecture and landscaping can really enhance and not detract from the landscape - to just seem as if it belongs there. When the old and the new combine to perfectly compliment one another.
Today's Outside Spaces post highlights a restored Spanish Farmhouse that seems to live up to this.
Vila CP was designed by Zest Architects to become a 21st Century abode within an existing old stone farmhouse. The local planning laws enforced rules that the original rustic appearance of the farmhouse needed to remain, and so Zest needed to reflect this, but equally bring it into the modern age.
Zest commented on the project: "The old and the new (that which will age) strengthen each other in this project through their opposition and juxtaposition. The old has been left visible with all its scars, while new materials such as Corten steel, wood and clay, were chosen for the beauty of their natural imperfections and the way in which the traces left by time make them even more beautiful. Rain, wind, human touch…. will make sure that this house will be even more beautiful over time."
The Villa is built on a slope, and so the building and landscaping needs to be linked across different levels by a staircases such as this one above. This also provides even more wonderful viewing points to soak in the scenery beyond!
We are inspired by the use of both the old traditional stone and modern industrial steel in the building, as well as the simple graphic lines used to delineate the garden. For example, the stepping pavers above, on an angle lead you to another terrace and THAT view! Additionally, the strong lines of the deck and retaining walls around the pool are juxtaposed with the swaying grasses and natural planting.
We couldn't resist posting this photo - not every house has an outdoor wet-room with such a unique steel screen for both privacy and to let dappled light in creating a quite delightful space.
The owners and Zest were keen to have sustainability at the forefront of the design, and one element included is the stunning natural pool which is filtered by plants and gravel. In surroundings like this, it would seem almost sacrilegious to do anything else.
I think this is one stunning example of how great landscape design, architecture and the surrounding environment have all come together in perfect alignment.