A gentle ramp descends from street level to lead to a welcome square where the access to the house is located. In this way, the great unevenness of this plot is saved and the character of the large and welcoming family that owns it is taken care of. Then behind the white volume that is the house, closed to the street, an open garden with panoramic views over the Vallès Occidental welcomes its guests.
The staircase in this building, treated as a decorative element, is also the axis around which this project with a sculptural vocation is articulated. The owner family proposed a very specific functional program and, since the plot did not offer special conditions, this vertical element became the point around which a unique game of proportions, volumes and materials developed.
Close the house to the outside and create within it its own nature. Such was the challenge of this project, that translates this intention by contrasting sensations in an extreme way. From the outside, the architecture offers a compact appearance, almost monolithic in its volumetry; the interior, on the other hand, is developed with a clear fragmentary character, since the project is concatenating volumes that are sometimes full, sometimes empty. The latter – again the contrast – use wood to maintain the illusion of forcefulness and continuity, but offer a dematerialized reality with which successive landscapes are generated: patios, gardens, terraces. The result is a delicious permeable interior island composed of pieces that successively open to apparently empty spaces but occupied by careful atmospheres of light and shadow, sounds and aromas.
Blur the boundaries; play with closed and open spaces. This was the proposal to build a plot with an exceptional location and impressive views. The resulting project is a dialogue between the building and the landscape. On this basis, the house takes inside floors and walls typical of the exteriors of the area; That is why it is open and draws angles so that the view of the sea penetrates the house. The Mediterranean is integrated into the daily life of the family that inhabits this home.