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.
Merge the building with the environment and let the mountain enter the home so that the whole family can live with it. That is the premise for this construction. For this reason, stone and wood are protagonists even on the façade. Just like its toasted colours, which are constantly reminiscent of the old holm oak that once populated the area. Outside, the rock of the mountain can be seen in gardens located at different heights and that makes the natural environment embrace the building.
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.