Architects: James & Mau
Location: Tarifa, Spain
Photography: © Erika Mayer
The site is located on a slope looking at the valley that dominates the Strait of Gibraltar. The design is guided by the particularities of the zone’s climate and by the rules that dictate the vernacular architecture of Andalusian pueblos blancos (whitewashed hill towns) with patios and narrow streets. The goal was to create not simply a house but a complex that would promote outdoor activities as much as indoor ones.
The various modules are unified by a large canopy, which provides protection from solar radiation; thus creating a microclimate.
011 Reduction of material costs, minimization of onsite waste, and reduction of construction time are advantages of modular home design.
012 Modular construction is generally sturdier than its conventional counterpart because each module is engineered to withstand the rigors of transportation.
013 A breezeway is used to channel air between two structures, thereby producing a cooling effect. This effect can be reinforced with the presence of a shallow pool.
Sustainable materials and renewable energies like biomass and solar thermal energy are used for both heating rooms and heating water.
014 Modular dwellings allow the separation of functions and promote a dynamic use of outdoor spaces.