Location: Son Vida, Palma
Architect: Osvaldo Luppi Architects
Material: Concrete, Steel & Wood
Design date: 2011
Completion date: 2013
Built area: 800m2
Architect: OLARQ Osvaldo
Photographer: Mauricio Fuertes
Form must be forceful. If not, it’s not form.A double-storey volume of exposed concrete is embedded in the rock generating a cantilever that occupies a whole floor in the form of a wooden base. Grey concrete, natural wood, black metal, water, rocks and vegetation are the only elements.The crystal pool seems to float in the same water it contains. There are no windows, just the absence of walls.
The house is set on a very steep land in a consolidated residential neighbourhood with views to the bay of Palma. The project maximizes the views and protects the inhabitants from the gazes of neighbours so that one can see without being seen.
The concrete formwork has been made with phenolic panels. Pine boards of 12.5 cm high and two variable thicknesses were nailed to those panels. A 1 meter high module was formed consisting of 8 12.5 cm high boards with alternating thicknesses. This repetition allowed rapid execution and re-use of the formwork. The random but repetitive arrangement of the different thicknesses creates shadows that break with the idea of the repetitive module. The whole house has been concreted without a single vertical concrete joint. The horizontal joints have been made to coincide with boards of different thicknesses, so they are practically invisible.
The building is devided into 3 floors. Access floor consists of parking spaces / garages, entrance hall, master bedroom. Public floor includes living room, kitchen, dining room, covered terrace and Private floor places bedrooms, indoor pool, sauna and technical dependencies. Through high ceilings and large windows, fluid space is barely delimited.