Tarifa House by James & Mau Arquitectura

Located on a hillside in southern spain, james & mau arquitectura have completed ‘tarifa house’, which overlooks the strait of gibraltar and the african coastline. The scheme is influenced by the vernacular architecture of andalusian ‘pueblos blancos’, while also responding to climatic conditions. High humidity and hot temperatures necessitate an open plan producing plenty of cross ventilation.


The dwelling is composed as a series of volumes spread apart creating a permeable arrangement of indoor and outdoor spaces. a pond passes through this organization, serving to cool the outdoor areas. In addition, expanded metal mesh wraps the structure, reducing thermal gain in the interior environment. this porous steel screen is also used for pergolas over the patio areas to provide shade.