Six Patio Houses by Romero Vallejo

When posed with the problem of an extremely narrow and long plot of land (8.5 x 41 meters) in Toledo, Spain that only received light on the two shortest sides, Romero Vallejo had to figure out a way to fit six dwellings where there used to be only one. Luckily, they figured out a way to make it happen in the Six Patio Houses, all while providing each residence with their own private outdoor space.


The structure was built in a way that left a long void on one side oriented to the sun to help increase light brought to the interiors, as well as the ventilation. It also allowed for better views from the upper floor.


A shared pathway was created connecting the houses where plants grow and change throughout the year.  Each house is set back from the path a bit to add privacy for each tenant.


The interiors are also smartly designed with glass floors for the lofts so that light is maximized throughout the space.


Details on the interior were built to be flexible, like sliding walls, so the space adapts for the users.


Simple spiral staircases lead to the lofts helping to reduce the footprint of a regular set of stairs.






Photos by Juan Carlos Quindós.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.