Cork oaks, holm oaks and pine trees characterise the Catalan landscape of Les Gaverres Nature Reserve where Barcelona-based outfit Zest Architecture has redeveloped a former farmhouse. The work in this ideal hiking spot needed to respect the original building due to town-planning regulations and successfully reinterpreted and adapted it to modern times, integrating it carefully into the beautiful setting.
The farm’s walls were made from stone, heavy like the rest of the vernacular architecture in the area. The new property opens up the façades and lets the natural light in through the timber windows framed in deep-set corten steel boxes. The visual contact between the newly generated building and the environment has been boosted to enrich the space.