Today on homify 360º, with the smell of the sea and a gentle breeze, we present to you this magical eco-house on the shores of the Mediterranean. For those who have grown up close to the sea, or frequented the beaches of Southern Europe on occasion, you will know that the colour white shines and glows here like nowhere else in the world. Not only because the sand is pale in tone, but white homes that cascade down from the cliff face to the shore, are prominent in this area. Aside from the abundance of sunlight, the contrast of white and blue are characteristic to this region, and have been the feature of many photographic projects for decades. In Barcelona, paying homage to the vernacular, a home has been designed to create the perfect balance and synergy between the environment and the built form.
Completed just this year, with an area of 450 square metres, this villa is built to cater for the occupant. Tailored to the unique needs of each client, architectural firm 08023 are responsible for this Mediterranean villa. A young firm; these architects understand that architecture is a discipline that must respond to not only form, but the environment and people too. You've probably heard the term
Slow food before, but what about
Slow Architecture, or
Slow Design? This is a new concept, responding to a slower, more thought-out design process that answers far more critical questions rather than just providing an expanse to call home. Take a look…
The collaboration between the architects and clients of this project began with choosing the best ground on which to build this house. The inhabitants, wanted to build a home that is low maintenance, and was able to meet their needs and be comfortable through the entire year. In this image, we are presented with a geometric white entrance, and a small pathway that leads up to the entrance. Between plants and flowers, there is a small porch that lovingly embraces the occupants, and welcomes them home.
This image, shows off the stunning form of the building. Completed on an angle, two long walls are joined by a glass panel, that draws our attention and allows us to focus on different points of view. The house is surrounded by a vast green garden, which is accessed via a wooden platform that cuts through the perimeter of the house. When the sun is down, and darkness begins to paint the sky, warm lights escape through the translucent panels creating an atmosphere that is both inviting and calming.
The flat, elevated plot has a distant sea and greenery focus. The prime location is the reason that the design focuses the best way to build, and to capture the best of the landscape, and the adjacent forest and the sea. All the main rooms of the house are exterior, living room, bedroom, kitchen, study, allowing them to enjoy different orientations and multiple views of an scenery that changes each hour.
Perhaps one of the most interesting hobbies that we can find ourselves completing during the warmer months is, of course, the pool. Direct access from the rear of the house, and also illuminated at night, the water comes from reused of rainwater and groundwater, which is also used for watering the garden. A wooden terrace, and a partially covered porch, gives respite to our summery dips, and invites us to comfortably enjoy the fresh air.
We delve into the interior, though we feel we are almost still outside. Here, from the gallery and studio space, the occupants have a privileged view of the forests. A grand looking exterior envelope, looking much like a Hollywood movie scene, the glass allows ample light to penetrate the space, meaning those living inside will feel comfortable at any given time of the year.
And, it is precisely the climatic conditions that are admirable in this construction. As you were made aware from the title, it is a green eco-home. It has excellent insulation, and efficient interior ventilation, allowing the owners to operate and live in the space without air conditioning during most of the year. As we have seen, all spaces have natural light, so the output of artificial light is lessened. Moreover, the energies used are renewable, such as solar energy to heat the water. These features make this home an example of architecture concerned about the environment and world resources.
Along the hallway, which you caught a glimpse of in the previous picture, you will find the kitchen and dining room. This is a unique area of over 100 square metres, and combines many applications. It seems curious that despite using simple materials and geometries, that such high spatial qualities are achieved. But in its simplicity, lies the answer to the client brief, and the most striking parts of this house.
Upstairs, you will find the bedroom. Again, encompassing the best of available views, this stunning respite space offers an area of sheer tranquillity and relaxation. This mastersuite consists of a bathroom ensuite, dressing room and office area. The whole room opens out into the landscape, from many different orientations. You can wake up and fall asleep to one of the most coveted views in the world.
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