Slow Down Time at This Zero-Energy Holiday Rental in Northern Spain

Laura Álvarez Architecture brilliantly reworks a stone ruin into a peaceful holiday retreat.

Located among lush, rolling hills in Valles Pasiegos, Spain, Villa Slow is a minimalist holiday home designed by Laura Álvarez Architecture. The property was once a stone ruin, and now it generates more energy than it uses.

Villa Slow is a modern interpretation of traditional barn houses commonly found in the Cantabrian mountains.

Villa Slow is a modern interpretation of traditional barn houses commonly found in the Cantabrian mountains.

Photo by David Montero

“Villa Slow is designed and built with extreme mindfulness and care for detail,” says the Amsterdam–based firm. “The house is very respectful to the environment. Its design is based on the traditional typology of a Pasiego House (Cabana Pasiega), but with a contemporary twist.”

A look at the former stone ruin. To create the home, Laura Álvarez Architecture repurposed the old stone and sourced additional materials from the local area.

A look at the former stone ruin. To create the home, Laura Álvarez Architecture repurposed the old stone and sourced additional materials from the local area.

Photo by David Montero

The simple home’s rough exterior stone walls and roof contrast beautifully with its minimalist interior. Two expansive panoramic windows in the living room frame the remote countryside.

The breezy common areas capture breathtaking views of the countryside.

The breezy common areas capture breathtaking views of the countryside.

Photo by David Montero

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