Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer

View all 34 Photos

A sophisticated and thoughtful design.

Built in a pristine area on the island of Formentera, this contemporary house allows a complete immersion into nature. Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer is the regional toponym for a large piece of land at the border of the Migjorn beach, on the south coast of the Spanish island. Here, nature reigns supreme. Only the silhouette of the 18th-century Pi des Català Tower appears on the horizon. Based in Formentera, Marià Castelló Architecture draws inspiration from the distinctive character and serenity of the island to design architectural projects. Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer is no exception.

The house’s refined aesthetic and well-considered design has complex roots. “The project focuses on the duality between the telluric and the tectonic. The heavy and the light. The earth and the air. The handcrafted and the technological. Compression effort and traction resistance,” explains the architect. Three modules stand on top of a cavity carved out from the land, providing expansive living spaces. The minimal nature of the design as well as the use of noble, natural materials sourced locally help to anchor the structures into the setting. Pathways, walkways, and patios provide space for meditation but also encourage the inhabitants to wander and to explore.

Complementing materials and textures blend with geometric shapes and neutral colors on the lower level. Rough rock surfaces alternate with smooth stone tiles, concrete, and bright white paint in an art-like composition, while wooden openings frame the landscape as if it were a painting. Upstairs, cross-laminated wood panels and wooden furniture complement the white finishes. Natural light enhances the brightness and ethereal feel of the decor further.

The studio used premium materials that have a natural compatibility with each other and also a strong link to the area. These include carved rock, crushed gravel from the excavation phase, pine and fir wood as well as marble and Capri limestone. The hygroscopic enclosures have a double purpose. On one hand, they ensure a healthier indoor environment, while on the other they reduce the house’s energy requirements. The practice also integrated a bioclimatic system and a rainwater cisterns, making this spectacular architectural project even greener. Photographs© Marià Castelló Martínez.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • The Shagwong Residence

    A weekend home designed with dark living spaces that maximize the vibrancy of a natural…

  • Casa en El Torón

    A contemporary house built in a nature reserve in Mexico. Built with great respect for…

  • Casa P

    A villa from the 1980s refurbished with modern living spaces and sand-textured concrete walls. Located…

  • Hale Mau’u

    A vacation house built in a tranquil natural landscape in Hawaii. Located on Hawaii’s Big…

  • The MV Chalet

    An old mountain chalet redesigned with new interiors and subtle extensions. Located in Madesimo, in…

  • Casa Octavia

    A minimalist boutique hotel that embodies the values of fashion brand Casa Octavia. Created in…

  • House in Puertecillo

    A contemporary wood house nestled between a forest and the sea in Chile. Built in…

  • Barwon Heads House

    A run-down cottage transformed into a gorgeous modern home. Located in Barwon Heads, Australia, this…

  • Forest House

    A steel and wood house nestled in a forest near Lake Tahoe. Located in Truckee,…

  • Villa RA

    A minimalist house nestled in a coastal landscape in Calabria, Italy. Designed by Italy and…

  • Divine House

    A wooden house designed with black cladding and white oak surfaces throughout the interior. Inspired…

Take me there

  • The Casona Sforza Hotel

    A new boutique hotel inspired by tradition, harmonious reflection, and nature. Designed by Mexican architect…

  • The Kiro Hiroshima Hotel

    A former hospital transformed into a modern hotel. Located in the center of Hiroshima, Japan,…

  • Numeroventi

    An art residency program in the center of Florence. Founded by Martino di Napoli Rampolla…

loader