An Old Reservoir Becomes a Modern Home in Madrid



Spain’s Alejandro Valdivieso was tasked with transforming a decades-old cistern into a usable home for its owners. In response, the architect crafted an inventive, contemporary residence dubbed Casa Aljibe.

Translating into Cistern House, Casa Aljibe curves around the cite of the original well. The rear of the house accounts for the rocky terrain, while the glass-ensconced facade allows for luxurious views of the surrounding flora and fauna. Instead of merely paving over or filling up the cistern, Valdivieso elected to shape the space into the home’s basement and added a retaining wall for support. Existing brick, stone and concrete walls were utilized as the foundation of the new structure, and lightweight materials were sourced to complete the build. Inside, prefabricated timber lends an air of homeyness not easily achieved with rougher materials like metal and stone. By Jake Silbert via Hypebeast.

The completed build is located in the quiet town of Alpedrete. In other news, Tadao Ando recently completed a massive 5,600-square-foot penthouse in New York.



My Dance Shoes Are On.


I am a dancer. Am I ? Really ? Yes I am. I’ve been dancing ever since I could walk…
Why do I love to dance you ask? Because it makes me happy, it gives me the opportunity to express myself. When I dance I don’t feel stress, I don’t feel anything negative, just the joy from moving to some song, and the joy of the energy going through my body.
Another reason why I love to dance is because when i dance and see someone looking at me, and then see them go “Wow!” It just makes me real happy. On the other hand when someone says I’m doing something wrong, I actually even enjoy improving on my self.

My dance shoes, just my normal shoes so nothing special there, what makes dancing special is just the movement. Not the place, not the shoes, not the outfit. Just the movement.

And what music do I like to dance to? Anything that I can feel that has a real feeling in it, and anything that has a good rhythm. My dance shoes are on which is why I’m starting a dance class in a few days. Stay tuned on the blog and social media for more on my dancing series/ adventure: Dancing with Janice. Inspired by dancing and images via free dancing.