CASA GAROZA

Muñogalindo, Ávila, Spain
A Next-Generation Cabin in the Woods

Inserted into a rock-studded meadow adjoining the Fundación Ibarrola in an unexpectedly remote Spanish locale, this next-generation, workshop-created prototype home shines out from the rugged landscape as an urban-styled shed structure with an outsized observation deck. 

A contemplative contemporary cabin, the modular structure was designed for rest, respite and rejuvenation, with a focus on reconnecting with the natural world. A winner of multiple awards for innovation and design, the concept home showcases how comfort and sustainability can combine in an urban refuge relocated to the countryside.

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Created in a workshop and transported to its rock-studded meadow location, this contemporary take on the getaway in the woods feels more urban loft than classic natural refuge. The industrially inspired, shed-like home, with its expansive deck twice the size of the residence, was conceived to be a cabin of our time, a place where comfort and sustainability go hand in hand, and nature spreads out wildly in every direction.

Designed by prestigious Spanish architect Juan Herreros, Casa Garoza was a Spanish Architecture and Urbanism Biennial finalist, a nominee for the FAD Awards and the Mies Van der Rohe Awards for Contemporary European Architecture, winner of the Construmat Award for Technological Innovation in 2011, and recipient of an AR House Award in 2012

Conceived as a modular structure, the vacation home for rent in Spain is a product of urban culture, conceived as a city home conveniently moved to the countryside, which differentiates it from the standard country escape or refuge, created expressly to meld with nature.

Metallic legs elevate the corrugated-metal-clad home over the landscape—a field of boulders and tree-dotted turf. The suspended design was intentionally created to convey a conceptual lightness and to require minimal on-site construction. In fact, the box structure was assembled on site in a single day. Interior walls, storage, and many fixed furnishings were incorporated into the cabin’s walls to allow for remote construction as well as make future growth to the modular structure far easier than traditional construction. An oversized terrace doubles the size of the built space, extending from the structure’s lower level out into the landscape. The generous deck creates expansive views, gives a sense of architectural lightness, and integrates the structure into the wild, rocky space.

The cabin’s interior is spare and industrial, a space where hard surfaces dominate, and built-in furnishings are accented by minimal added furniture. Décor is nonexistent, with nature serving as the home’s ornamentation. Walls are made of eco conglomerate wood resembling plywood with ample glass windows and sliding doors flooding the space with natural light. Bedrooms (one double and one couch-styled room ideal for children) are located on an upper level reminiscent of the lofts of traditional hay barns, accessible via a suspended walkway over the living, dining and kitchen zone below. Lighting and fixtures are practical and minimal, and the cabin is warmed by a wood-burning stove.


AROUND

This vacation home for rent in Spain was designed to fit into its private lot in Muñogalindo, a wild, rugged landscape outside of the Spanish city of Ávila. The home is set next to the Fundacion Ibarrola, the institution created in celebration of the Basque painter and sculptor Agustín Ibarrola Goicoechea, who, with his wife Mari Luz, transformed this wild region of holm oaks and boulders into an inspirational and spiritual space for the creation of his contemporary art. The Fondacion is open for visits by appointment and features over 100 of the artist’s works. 

The old town of the city of Ávila is a UNESCO World Heritage Conservation zone, famed for its fairytale fortifications and as the birthplace of St. Teresa, the town’s legendary saint. The medieval city was founded in the 11th century to defend Spain from the invading Moors, and the huge, austere fortifications still dominate the horizon, featuring 82 towers and nine gates. They are Spain’s most well-preserved fortifications and a tourist hotspot. The city of Ávila is perched above the Adaja River, and several monasteries where St. Teresa lived and work are popular attractions located outside the city walls. The pilgrimage routes of the Camino Santiago de Compostella and the Ruta Teresiana pass through the city, and the walk around Ávila’s crenelated walls is, of course, equally well-traveled.


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Muñogalindo, Ávila, Spain. Nearest airport: Madrid


BEST TIME TO VISIT: April to October

 
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CASA GAROZA
Muñogalindo, Ávila, Spain
Concept Home: Award-Winning Industrial Cabin

Inserted into an unexpectedly remote Spanish locale, this prototype home shines out from the rugged landscape as an urban-styled shed structure with an outsized observation deck.

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Overview The house is in the countryside so the wifi works correctly and can be used for teleworking, except on rare occasions when it may fail due to a storm, or in summer, when it may be slowed down due to a greater flow of data in the area. Guests can enjoy a wonderful selection of vinyl as there is a record player at their disposal.
TV Yes
Air Conditioning Yes
Heating Yes
Kitchen Fully equipped
Internet Yes
Indoor Fireplace Yes
Suitable for Events Yes
Bedrooms 1
Bed Type 1 double, 1 sofa bed with 2 mattresses ideal for kids
Kitchen Fully equipped
Bathrooms 1
Accommodates 4
Kid-Friendly Families welcome
Pet Friendly Pets welcome upon request. There will be an extra charge of €50 per stay for extra cleaning and maintenance. Please let us know in advance of arrival so that we can prepare the house for pets.
Min. Stay 2 nights
Check-In 6:00PM
Check-Out 12:00PM
Cleaning €200
Sec. Deposit €300
Sec. Deposit Due Deposit required prior to check-in via electronic transfer to owner
Sec. Deposit Returned Refund of deposit by owner within 7 days after stay
Cancellation Policy Moderate
The guest will receive a refund if the booking is canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay. If the guest cancels 14-30 days before the start of the stay, they will receive a 50% refund. If they cancel within 14 days of the start of the stay, no refund will be given.

BoutiqueHomes service fee is refundable in line with the booking cancellation policy, minus a 3.25% credit card transaction fee which is non-refundable.
Owner Cancellation Fee €100
Notes If the house is available earlier, the check-in time can be flexible and can be adapted to the preferences of the guests. There is a path leading to the adjoining property. It is possible that guests may see some tractors passing by at some point on their way to the adjoining farm.

As the house is located in a natural area, we must take strict care with the environment and be aware of our interaction with it. It is possible to have some encounters with wild animals, but the house is elevated and cannot be accessed, for the peace and quiet of the guests. Hunting is forbidden. As this is an eco-sustainable project, we ask our guests to use water responsibly and in a measured way. For the safety of the guests and the environment, it is forbidden to use the fireplace, barbecue or build fires outside, or throw cigarette butts into the field. The countryside is at extreme risk of fire. There is no smoking inside the house.

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