This 5 bedroom villa, is situated on a south facing hillside South-East of Granada. It is positioned in an isolated rural location near the snowline in the Sierra Nevada national park. The high thermal mass construction is informed by indigenous Berber methods and use of local materials, tempered by modern glazing, shading, solar power, and insulation along with earthquake framing. Like a Russian doll, the enclosure comprises a layer of skins which can be variously peeled open to respond to the seasons.
The internal plan has been configured to permit use as either as a self-contained villa or alternatively as three or two self catering apartments, each having its own entrance in opposite facades.
Built across and into the slope, its roof and external terraces follow levels of adjacent field terracing. It is arranged around a two storey internal 'cortile' to induce natural stack ventilation. Supply from the rear spring water is used modestly for evaporative cooling. The former cistern provides a plunge pool.