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December 8th, 2013 – The largest of Spain’s Balearic Islands, Mallorca is blessed with natural beauty, picturesque villages, golden beaches, and—at least in Palma de Majorca, its main port—the contrast of country life with cosmopolitan energy. Beloved British architect John Pawson finalized his most recent piece of architecture, the Picornell House. Situated on a south-facing hill six miles from the center of Palma de Mallorca, is a two-story concrete dwelling that encompasses Palma’s blend of old and new. The monolithic architecture of the home is complemented with minimalistic style, employing large windows to welcome in the captivating views of the Mediterranean Sea and the island’s stunning arrangement of Aleppo pine, olive and almond trees.
Pawson’s design of the home celebrates the contours of the landscape, while affording optimal and — critically, in a climate such as this — controllable light penetration. The walls are thickened properly for optimal cooling in summer and insulation in winter, with natural cooling and ventilation supported by a sculptural, funnel-like courtyard within the floor plan.
The first level of the single-family home is visible to the street, then grows to a second level on the side oriented towards the sea. Here, a grand concrete staircase leads to the pool, which projects from the home toward the garden and underscores the dramatic attenuation of the site. Inside, the addition of contemporary furniture pieces promote a fresh balance to the streamlined architecture. Pawson carved out large windows to portrait the home’s amazing vistas, employing the existing scenery as artwork.
December 1st, 2013 – A total transformation took place on the coast of Spain for Xpiral Architect’s recently completed Tuning House. Javer Pena, founder and lead architect of Xpiral, was contacted by a French couple who wanted to turn two residences on the coast of Mazzaron into one “comfortable and familiar house” with plenty of room for entertaining guests. When Xpiral got their hands on the house they found that the layout, building systems, and materials were outdated and the direction of the house was not taking full advantage of the beautiful surrounding landscape and view. The architect refreshed the home by bringing out its phenomenological and climatic aspects while incorporating the elements and textures of the existing house itself.
The facade is outfitted with an artistic white crochet network that Pena says is his favorite element of the Tuning House. “The main innovative effort of the project was focused on the facade, which is a multitask element that came up after several steps of design.” Pena explained he “got involved with it from the early conceptual design to the final construction, being the one who directly built the crocheted component as a handicraft element.”
This element had three steps of design, which showcase the post-production work that went into the Tuning House. The first step was to demolish the south façade. This opened up the house to the sun and landscape. Next, the exterior was painted white to reflect the sun, which aids in temperature regulation. Lastly, thick rope weave over a glass fibber pipe network was made to create the façade. But this design was built for more than just aesthetics. The pipes water the plants, protect the house from the sun, and filter the wind.
Inside the house a kaleidoscope courtyard aids ventilation and a series of mirrors helps distribute light. The post-production work in this design shows technology and handmade design can seamlessly work together. The garden, which sits lower than the house, was turned into an open terrace incorporating an outside sitting room and kitchen. When all these elements come together a fine tuned, modern and functional living space is created rightfully known as the Tuning House!
Photography by David Frutos @ BIS Images
No need for a 25′ ladder when you can walk onto your rooftop! A-cero, is a Spanish based architecture firm who is widely known for turning sculptural concepts into architecture. A beautiful representation of their reputation is seen in a recently complete project called the Concrete House II.
The house is located directly outside Madrid on a large plot of lush land. A-Cero did a beautiful job of incorporating nature into the concrete home by allowing the grass to climb up the ramps of the house and onto the rooftop. The exterior angles of the home appear as though they are escaping from the ground and reaching up towards the sky!! The home is a stunning sight in the evening, where it is well lit…like a proper sculpture would be.
A-Cero chose warm greys, wood, stone, and creamy textures to gussy up the interiors. In areas meant for preparation and cleanliness, such as the kitchen and restrooms, the design is streamlined, modern, stark; using materials like Corian, Laminate, and glossed floors. On the contrary, areas meant for lounging and relaxing are quite warm and comfortable with plush textures and dark art work.
Large artwork graces the walls with internally lit console tables to add unobtrusive accent lighting. The rear of the house is mostly all glass windows, in this case, the repeating exterior walls come in handy as they provide privacy and keep the home cooled down.
Underneath the house is a stealth looking black parking garage with recessed blue lighting which dictates parking spaces!!
(Photo Credits: A-Cero)