Two floors were sufficient to encompass the necessary living spaces for Casa Del Pico in Spain. Created by Madrid-based studio ÁBATON, the 3,143 square foot home rests on a sloped granite terrain, which became the inspiration for the two-floor residential project cladded with colored mortar render. Materials used to build the house include honed limestone floors, white plastered walls, white-lacquered MDF woodwork and doors on the inside and lacquered aluminum exterior joinery. Architects share a few words about the challenging site, adapted architecture and focused interior arrangement: “The sharp slope from street level to the back of the site made it vital to conceive of two floors.

The presence of granite throughout prompted the design conceit of dual structures floating above the stone itself. In order to emulate the geometry of the stone, the base of the swimming pool is uneven and mirrors the shapes etched out by the granite over which it is built. The ground floor was designed to interact closely with the outside so that the garden is perceived as an extension of the interior. The upper floor, where the living room and the children’s area are located, was linked to the swimming pool. The rooftop terrace over the living room boasts views of the mountains and city and comes with a giant built-in bench which additionally acts as a barrier. Changes in usage within open-plan areas are punctuated by differing ceiling or floor heights.