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In English, “La Casa de los Cinco Picos” translates as “the House of the Five Peaks,” a reference to the prominently pitched, shed-like gables that largely define the appearance of this family getaway in the rocky foothills of the Guadarrama Mountains north of Madrid, Spain. According to the architects, Clara Ulargui Aparicio and Luis Aguilar Benavides of Positivelivings, the points themselves also reference several key elements that informed their design. The most obvious is the home’s jagged, mountainous setting. Another, perhaps subtler, homage is to the traditional forms of Spanish industrial architecture: straightforward buildings with sawtooth rooflines providing light and ventilation to the workspace within. Both seem wholly...

A Factory-Made Modern House in Spain

Built to the stringent specifications of its rocky context, a home designed by Spanish firm Positivelivings merges the possibilities of prefab and cross-laminated timber.

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