Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Book House "The House of Spiritual Retreat"

The House of Spiritual Retreat (Casa De Retiro Spiritual), which can be described as an “extreme” homes, was designed by architect, Emilio Ambasz.

The odd-looking home has been dubbed the “Book House” and for good reason, as the only two walls above the ground make the structure look like a giant, open book. Climb down one of the two visible staircases and you’ll find the actual house which is hidden underground.

Built on a 1,000 ha estate, the Book House is located just 25 miles (40km) north of Seville in Spain. Surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Morena mountains, in a Spanish countryside scenery, with a man-made lake, olive trees, evergreen oaks and wild flowers, the picture is close to perfection.

Two steep cantilevered staircases climb on the two tall white walls that rise like sails from the lush green ground, only to meet at the right place, a window that offers a great view of the whole area and especially over the lake. The most interesting thing is the mysteriously sunken courtyard.That’s where the actual house is. It has large rooms with hidden arrangements and light coming in through serpentine openings that will blow your mind.

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