set on a privileged sloping plot this particular house, however, was designed well before the
overlooking the estuary of la Coruña in northern spain, this striking current media hype and reflects a-cero’s design philosophy that
yet unadorned home embodies the early architectural style of every structure is built for a reason. "the home was designed to
Joaquín torres and his business partner, rafael llamazares, who celebrate the beautiful environment here," says torres. "it's essentially
built the house for torres and his family. in 1996, the two friends from two intersecting volumes that meld into the hillside, devoid of
university founded the architectural firm a-cero, meaning “starting extraneous pillars and details." indeed, the house is the embodiment
from zero” or “steel”—a material that they admire for its elegance of simplicity.
the structure is clad in locally sourced gray-blue slate. "i drew
finding art and especially sculpture as inspiration for their work, inspiration for the home's design from the traditional galician
their daring and futuristic designs have attracted diverse clients lifestyle, where the kitchen and hearth form the center of family
and projects in dubai, Vietnam and russia, as well as other far-flung life," says torres. the architect plays with this idea by creating a
locales. torres himself has become somewhat of a celebrity, earning visual hearth at the axis point of the two intersecting structures: the
the nickname “architect to the stars” (actress penelope Cruz and stairwell. a panel extends down the center of the staircase, its deep
soccer star Cristiano ronaldo are among the initiated).