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.



Weekend Maison: Casa Malaparte

I watched this old movie the other day and  decided to share this little find with you. The house in this movie is just so dreamy! Casa Malaparte is a house on the Isle of Capri which sits on a cliff 32 metres above the sea overlooking the Gulf of Salerno. It was designed in 1937 by Adalberto Libera for the italian writer & journalist Curzio Malaparte. In 1963 the house was used in Le Mépris, a film by Jean-Luc Godard starring Brigitte Bardot.

Watch the trailer below after the images.



This a perfect weekend maison to spend some time with your partner or friends or family. Isn’t beautiful and dreamy ? Would you like to visit or leave in a house like Casa Malaparte ? Let me know in a comment below.

*Maison:  House in french.