Almería - Spain

  • ARCHITECT / DESIGNER: Carlos Egea López
  • LIGHTING DESIGNER: BIG Architectural Lighting
  • PHOTOGRAPHER: Juanan Barros Fotografía de Arquitectura

Designed by Spanish architect Carlos Egea López, Casa Albanchez is a refined private residence in the municipality of Albanchez in Almería with discreetly elegant style. The careful study of spaces and volumes adapted to the topography and unique vegetation elements of the location, combined with a strict selection of local materials, has contributed to defining the contemporary architectural language of the building. 

Both the indoor and outdoor lighting have been carefully designed by BIG Architectural Lighting studio to act as a counterpoint to the architectural dialogue created by spatial solids and voids, translating it on the lighting level through the calibrated control of the paradigms of light and shadow.

To highlight the finishes of the stone materials, warm light fixtures were preferred for surface lighting. In this context, QUASAR 20 single-emission LED wall-mounted luminaires provide general lighting for the large terrace. Recessed wall luminaires with a high degree of protection INSERT+ 1 and INSERT+ 2 illuminate and secure the perimeter walkways and fit discreetly into the architectural surfaces due to their minimal projection. NIKKO+ LA, wall mounted outdoor luminaire with an enamelled die-cast aluminium housing and pressed glass diffuser, instead performs the archetypal function of marking the entrance.

The floor of the building on a single platform developed in a solution of continuity between interiors and exteriors allows better accessibility to all the spaces of the house and that the building is inserted naturally into the surrounding landscape, leaving the glass walls to function as a diaphragm that defines the spaces. 

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