The voracious appetite for real estate has stamped out traditional sceneries to make room for anonymous territories of the kind where many of our cities grow. The phenomenon is ubiquitous but all the more visible in ‘suburban’ zones, those terrains vagues which, though characterless or meaningless, or precisely because of it, can be easily given character or meaning at the smallest sign that the enclaves have an ecological history. In the case of this house in Molina de Segura, the recovered landscape is the traditional one, built with the irregular outlines of the watercourses and the rich and ever-changing Mediterranean flora and fauna. Laurels, lentisks, palmettos, insects, birds, and reptiles colonize a sort of ecological impluvium of sorts, one provided with a delicately dislocated cumpluvium that collects and distributes rainwater. The elliptical arrangement around the impluvium enhances exposure to the sun, and the narrow bays opening out to the landscape make natural ventilation possible. Inside, a perimetral bench of cool marble attests to the powers of thermal inertia...[+]