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 horizon is everything in this plot. It is a place dominated by horizontal lines with an extraordinary view over the Mediterranean. Therefore, the project developed for this location seeks the magic of weightlessness. To achieve this, the design contemplates two volumes superimposed and displaced from each other that leave the ground floor open and turn the upper area into a floating construction that looks into infinity and closes on the north facade. The use of glass, cantilevers and colors complete this poetic play of light and shadow, closed and open, matter and emptiness.
Creating sculptural architecture that includes the warmth of a home is a challenge. And this project, with its large dimensions, its ambition and its location dominating all of Barcelona, ran the risk of becoming a showhome worthy of a photo shoot, but not to live in. To give it visual rhythm, everything superfluous was eliminated and the house was divided into three volumes. And to provide the necessary balance, all the unique elements, including the staircase, were accumulated in a central module, wrapped in copper. In this way, more subtlety is achieved in the rest of the building, using austere masonry walls on the outside and warm materials on the inside.
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.