Architecture

Espinar House isn't your typical cabin in the woods

Espinar House offers a modern take on the traditional cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Espinar House offers a modern take on the traditional cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, to allow climbing plants to produce a green wall (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, to allow climbing plants to produce a green wall (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a suitably menacing wolf in the promo photos (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a suitably menacing wolf in the promo photos (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Espinar House offers a modern take on the traditional cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Espinar House offers a modern take on the traditional cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Espinar House features a south-facing greenhouse that can be opened to the outside during the summer, or collect some heat during colder months (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Espinar House features a south-facing greenhouse that can be opened to the outside during the summer, or collect some heat during colder months (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Up top, a roof garden provides leisure space, and a great view of the surrounding mountains (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Up top, a roof garden provides leisure space, and a great view of the surrounding mountains (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Guzmán used inexpensive building materials during the construction of the property (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Guzmán used inexpensive building materials during the construction of the property (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The utilitarian theme continues throughout the interior of the home, with luxury ignored in favor of practical touches (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The utilitarian theme continues throughout the interior of the home, with luxury ignored in favor of practical touches (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Espinar House is a modern twist on the cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Espinar House is a modern twist on the cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a suitably menacing wolf in the promo photos (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a suitably menacing wolf in the promo photos (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Espinar House is a modern twist on the cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Espinar House is a modern twist on the cabin in the woods (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a suitably menacing wolf in the promo photos (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a suitably menacing wolf in the promo photos (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, to allow climbing plants to produce a green wall (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, to allow climbing plants to produce a green wall (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The house is located in a rural part of Spain (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The house is located in a rural part of Spain (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Up top, a roof garden provides leisure space, and a great view of the surrounding mountains (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Up top, a roof garden provides leisure space, and a great view of the surrounding mountains (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, to allow climbing plants to produce a green wall (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, to allow climbing plants to produce a green wall (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The house is located in a rural part of Spain (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The house is located in a rural part of Spain (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The utilitarian theme continues throughout the interior of the home, with luxury ignored in favor of practical touches (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The utilitarian theme continues throughout the interior of the home, with luxury ignored in favor of practical touches (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The property features a kitchen-dining room, living room, four bedrooms (two on each floor), and a greenhouse space (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The property features a kitchen-dining room, living room, four bedrooms (two on each floor), and a greenhouse space (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The stairs are lined by bookshelves (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The stairs are lined by bookshelves (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Translucent polycarbonate was employed for the outer skin, while chipboard makes for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The property features a kitchen-dining room, living room, four bedrooms (two on each floor), and a greenhouse space (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The property features a kitchen-dining room, living room, four bedrooms (two on each floor), and a greenhouse space (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
A stove is present for colder weather (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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A stove is present for colder weather (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The stairs are lined by bookshelves (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The stairs are lined by bookshelves (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
The house is located in a rural part of Spain (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
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The house is located in a rural part of Spain (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)
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Architectural plans of the Espinar House (Image: Miguel de Guzmán)

In May of this year, Spanish architect Miguel de Guzmán completed a residential property located in rural Spain. Dubbed "Espinar House," the property echoes the classic theme of a lone cabin in the woods, but features a touch of modernity in the form of a translucent polycarbonate exterior, a rooftop garden, and an inexpensive chipboard interior.

Guzmán previously appeared on Gizmag's pages in connection with the JF-Kit House, and though Espinar House is an actual residence rather than lighthearted concept, it's again presented with tongue firmly in cheek. The architect had some fun, and used a model dressed as Little Red Riding Hood, in addition to three bears, and a wolf in the promo photos.

Guzmán used inexpensive building materials during the construction of the property (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)
Guzmán used inexpensive building materials during the construction of the property (Photo: Miguel de Guzmán)

On a more practical note, Guzmán reports that inexpensive building materials were used during the construction of the property, including translucent polycarbonate for the outer skin, and chipboard for a no-frills but perfectly functional interior finish.

This utilitarian theme is present throughout the interior of the home, with luxury shunned in favor of practical touches, such as easily accessed-electricity and water maintenance hatches.

The property includes a kitchen-dining room, living room, four bedrooms (two on each floor), and a south-facing greenhouse space. This greenhouse can be opened to the outside during the summer, or used to collect some heat during colder months.

Steel cables are fitted on the exterior of three sides of the home, in order to allow climbing plants to eventually grow and produce a green wall. Up-top, a roof garden provides leisure space and a view of the surrounding mountains.

The promo movie below is one of the more bizarre architectural videos you're likely to see.

Source: Miguel de Guzmán

El Espinar House

1 comment
Arnold Stonehouse
Now that is different and very cool! LOVE the idea of the climbing plants covering the walls! Trouble is they will Merck the exterior if you just let 'em have their way. Steel cables over polycarbonate? Super idea! :)