In the Catalonian province of Girona, in the comarca of Baix Empordà, a house amid sunflower fields is beset by strong Tramontana winds. The commission assigned to the firm Ágora Arquitectura – led by Joan Casals Pañella and Jose Luís Cisneros Bardolet, both Barcelona-born – required nestling it against the stone wall of a still-standing old masia. There is an 80-centimeter gap between the new construction and the old one. Crowned with reused tiles, the continuous shell of cross-laminated pine timber recomposes the ruin, clad in a mortar of thick sand. Built in 90 days, the 80-square-meter abode presents two rooms set parallel to the old wall. At the center of the house, an autonomous black box contains all the domestic services.