Whether you call it The Four Seasons House, House B or Casa B, this quiet refuge in Berrocal, Spain by architects Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo and Josemaria de Churtichaga of ch+qs (Churtichaga+Quadra-Salcedo Arquitectos) is far away from busy streets, populated areas and the internet. The home accommodates four comfortably and is the perfect way to go off grid for a couple, two couples or a small family.
House B In Spain Now Available for Rent
As to when the house was built, I have found three different dates. The architect’s site says it was designed in 1999 and built in 2007; Archdaily says 2011 and Archilovers says 2013. Regardless of when the structure was completed, the 180 m² (1,940 sqft) zen cottage is now available to rent.
The home is just under 2,000 square feet and it’s two stories, one of which is underground.
Sitting on beautiful landscape near Madrid, the wood cabin has a welcoming bright yellow door and a yellow chimney.
Because of this, the architects composed this lovely poem titled “Yellow” to describe the project.
This is a humanized landscape of meadows, walls, ash, streams, a small-scale landscape, minimal, almost domestic, and where absolutely everything happens in yellow.
In spring poke all yellow flowers.
In the summer, yellow cereal is yellow harvested in a yellow Castilian heat.
Fall only comes here in yellow, millions of tiny ash leaves that die in a lingering and dry yellow.
In winter, yellow insists in glowing flashes of yellow lichen on the gray trunks of ash trees.
And here every machine is yellow, the signs are yellow, everywhere yellows…
We bought a meadow in this landscape 15 years ago, and after 12 years of yellow contemplation, we decided to build a tiny house there, a refuge, a piece of landscape as a frame, a small inhabited threshold with two views, east and west.
To the west, a nearby view of rocks, moss, brambles and ancient ash. And to the east, the distant dawn over the yellow mountains.
This double view and the thinking body finished to draw the house.
Everything is small, everything is short, everything has a tiny scale.
From outside, the view slides over the house.
The eye only stops at a yellow gate guarding the doorway, and a yellow chimney that warms it, the rest is invisible.
And when sitting, stopping in the doorway, the house disappears and the world continues in yellow.
The interior is warmly clad in wood with expansive windows and decks to take in the natural surroundings
The main floor of the rectilinear home has a combination living/dining area with a kitchen at one end of the main room and an inset fireplace on the other.
The sleeping quarters are also located on the main floor. A children’s bedroom is on one end and a master bedroom and guest bedroom are on the other. The main floor has two bathrooms.
Venture down the all wood stairs to the lower level and you enter a large space for play or lounging with an entrance to the outdoors, a bathroom and a library/office with clerestory windows.
Rent House B in Madrid
To rent house B in Madrid, you have to join behomm, the first home exchange community for creatives and design lovers. Note: behomm does require payment to become a participant.
About ch+qs (Churtichaga+Quadra-Salcedo Arquitectos)
Josemaria Churtichaga + Cayetana of the Quadra-Salcedo founded the firm ch+qs in Madrid in 1995. Their work you have been prized in several competitions, and you have been widely published in national and international magazines.
Since its inception, ch+qs has designed, City councils, Swimming pools, Libraries, Cultural Centers, Kiosks, Cabins, Great houses, Establishments in the Sahara for petroliferous companies, Boats, Furniture, Books, Typographies… in a deliberate rejection to the specialization, since we believe on “transfusions” between all the creative problems, independently of its nature and climbs. The work of ch+qs has also deserved numerous prizes and distinctions in recognition to its work.
photos by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, courtesy of the Architects, Interior Design Magazine and Archilovers.