Casa Era in Los Menas
Palera arquitectos  

Casa Era in Los Menas

Palera arquitectos  


This 192-square-meter house by Palera arquitectos (Sergio J. Díaz and Juan M. Caldero) is located in Los Menas, a village within the municipality of Huércal-Overa, in the north of Almería province. Close to the Almanzora River, the town's urban fabric has been effaced by the footprint of farming activity. Nevertheless, old eras – or threshing floors – can be distinguished, exposing the place's original rural structure. The property on which the house stands, an old terrace with orange trees, lacks privacy. Party walls varying in height and materials delimit it. The main concern of the owners was to have an outdoor space that they would be able to enjoy in total privacy. Hence this reinterpretation of the threshing floor, creating a central space within the house that serves to divide it, program-wise, into two areas, one for daytime and the other for nighttime, connected laterally by hybrid spaces. Contributing to privacy, a false facade executed like a lattice with pieces of ceramic provides a filter for the dwelling's relationship with the street, and gives passive solar protection on the south side.