Centuries-old Galician granite conceals a rustic but refined architects’ bolthole by Jamie Fobert Architects

There’s only a few places in the world where it feels like time stops and living becomes a sensitive activity defined by movement, sensory reception and the height of the sun. Under the Galician sky, thick with heat, on the site of an ancient ruin, architect Jamie Fobert and his partner Dominique Gagnon have built a house (see W*220) that bestows a wholesome, and necessary, respite from the world to all who pass its threshold. Found near the small town of Aldán, on the edge of a nature reserve, Camino de Playa’s centuries-old granite walls, Corten steel gates, cascading water and courtyards frame one of the most sought-after luxuries, quiet seclusion. We hope we can transport you there with this idyllic portrait by filmaker Tapio Snellman.

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