October 19, 2021
The vast picture windows offer stunning views of the magnificent peaks, lakes and forests of Benasque valley, and the interior design merges with the surrounding nature through the use of hardwood, warm textiles, stone native to the country, and ceramics by Porcelanosa.
A haven that blends into the Benasque valley
Built by architecture studio Kozo Arquitectura, Casa Monago has been built following four key principles of passive construction: Bioclimatic design, mechanical ventilation, the use of eco-efficient materials, and thermal insulation, resulting in zero energy consumption throughout the year. "The design concept was based on the traditional shepherd huts typical of the region. The property successfully blends in with its surroundings through our use of very clear rectangular geometry, a gable roof, and exterior materials in tune with the aesthetics of existing constructions", says Nuria Domingo, CEO of Kozo Arquitectura.
Designed as an open-plan, two-storey structure that ushers in as much natural light as possible, highlights include the generous kitchen/living space in the centre of the home and the high wood ceiling. The two spaces are brought together by PORCELANOSA's Delaware Nogal ceramic wood flooring (used throughout the home) and separated by an industrial-style fireplace in the centre of the ground floor.
Here, wooden trunks are combined with glass tables, abstract art, purple sofas and warm lighting, giving it a neo-rural look. On the contrary, the kitchen follows an altogether more minimalist aesthetic. They opted for the Emotions Sugi Black island kitchen design by Gamadecor and Cromo taps by Noken with neutral colours and defined lines that make the room feel brighter. The fitted furnishings and integrated appliances add to the property's diaphanous design. "There are almost no internal partitions. The spaces are articulated around the central nucleus, zoning the rooms. The double-height ceiling in the ground floor living room is particularly outstanding - as you look up you can appreciate the majesty of the wood, crowning the property", says Nuria Domingo.
Rooms with integrated bathrooms
Integrated into the bedrooms, the bathrooms blend natural and more polished textures. This can be seen in the oval bath by Noken and Icon Roble Carbón wall-mounted furnishings by Gamadecor, conceived as a continuation of the master suite. NK Concept taps by Noken frame the furnishings perfectly, and benefit from an eco-friendly mechanism (Waterforest) that bolsters the home's sustainable architecture credentials by saving water by up to 89% per use. "By combining rural traditions with new techniques and experiences, we achieved the goal of our project: to generate a new sustainable living space integrated into the rural setting, with a positive environmental impact", explains the architect.