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Located on the Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Formentera, the home is the embodiment of the panorama and the sluggish and serene tempo of life that the island promotes.

The undertaking surges from the need to combine the architectural intervention with the bodily atmosphere each in composition and in colors and textures, combining linear Mediterranean structure, minimalist ideas and the island’s pure supplies.

The home is a volumetric composition of stone components and flat roofs, evoking the standard partitions of Formentera’s structure. Made from pure dry stone with rustic wood pergolas, the home is an extension of its environment. Different supplies that characterise the home are micro-cement and timber, lending the house an earthy palette. The interiors are composed of made-to-measure joinery and furnishings amongst enduring design icons. The sunshine, the protagonist of the undertaking, creates a play of sunshine and shadow all through the day that’s mirrored in each nook, giving the surfaces a vibrant dynamism.

Shaped by the principle physique that stands out in proportions above the opposite volumes and is the centre of the home, the development is articulated in numerous heights that assist to interrupt up the monumentality of the advanced and provides the constructing a human scale so essential within the rustic terrain that surrounds it. The home additionally consists of an auxiliary physique housing the visitor suite, which is joined to the principle constructing via a set of exterior stone partitions that form a again courtyard by way of which the home is accessed. This exterior passage, which is totally open, constitutes a protected space towards the tough situations of the place and avoids direct publicity to the robust winds of the realm. Owing to this climatological cause, completely different secondary protecting areas are generated across the perimeter of the development, within the shade of the completely different pergolas and framed by the recesses within the partitions.

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The supplies used on the outside appear to have been taken from the land itself: plaster in a color in line with the environment, wooden and porches made from juniper trunks that mix in and mix in with the panorama. We are able to see components attribute of the vernacular structure of the realm in different particulars of the development: the chimneys, the rounded edges of the corners and the wood “board and bar” shutters.

The landscaping displays the rocky and steep atmosphere typical of the coast, minimally landscaped to keep away from introducing panorama modifications and improve integration with the native vegetation that surrounds the home. The plant species used are linked to the custom of Formentera’s agriculture and gardens, thus guaranteeing most adaptation to the Mediterranean local weather and water situations.

The saline water pool, overflowing and restricted by a border of native stone, is located parallel to the coast, mixing into the horizon of the ocean and marking the bounds of an structure that appears to have been designed by the island itself.

Pictures by Salva Lopez

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