A clever house design.

When the client hired Barcelona-based studio HArquitectes to design a new house in Ullastret, Girona, the plot of land featured a large stone wall that marked the limits of the property. To comply with current regulations, the studio had to remove the wall, despite its character and natural charm. The architects decided to integrate the new building into the landscape in an ingenious and creative way that also references the removed structure. House 1413 has a distinctive lineaaar layout which adapts to the topography and geometry of the street, becoming a house-wall. The exterior walls act as a fence, protecting the garden beyond while providing complete privacy from the road.

Elongated and slender, the house features load-bearing walls made with reused stone from the demolished structure along with an aggregate sourced from the plot and mixed with limestone and cement. Thus, the building blends into the landscape perfectly, both in terms of aesthetics and composition. On the exterior, the stone walls boast a textured surface, while the interior features a formwork finish. Thicker sections ensure more privacy for the sleeping areas, insulating the rooms from the noise of the nearby street. A minimalist decor that features concrete, stone and wood surfaces gives the house more character.

Following the linear plan, the living spaces flow into each other in a seamless sequence. Finally, they reach the open areas which overlook the garden. The house-wall design with its long corridors provides other advantages. Among them, the absorption of solar heat during the winter and openings which transform the corridors into porches linked to the outdoor living space. Photographs© Adrià Goula.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Salt Point Extension

    A sculptural extension designed in a collaboration between architecture firm Reddymade and artist Ai Weiwei….

  • House in Odaka

    A modern Japanese house designed with eight connecting volumes. Built at the southern edge of…

  • House Lhotka

    A family home designed with four monolithic volumes arranged around a dining area. Built in…

  • Casa Amapa

    A concrete house built in a secluded forest in Mexico. Inspired by the idea of…

  • Comillas House

    A restored and thoughtfully modernized 19th century house in Spain. Located in the center of…

  • Pearl Beach House

    A concrete house designed with courtyards that open to the sky and the surrounding bushland…

  • The Writer’s Cabin

    A cabin designed with a sculptural bookcase and glazed walls that overlook a garden. Designed…

  • Kyneton House

    A design that celebrates the passing of time and the beauty of light. Designed by…

  • Six Square House

    A modern six-module house in the Hamptons. Located in Bridgehampton, New York, the 3,500 sq…

  • Federal House

    A black concrete and wood volume perched atop of a hill with views of a…

Take me there

  • Casa Morelli

    A modern retreat built within a restored 16th-century farmhouse in Tuscany. Located in Radda, in…

  • Kalesma Mykonos

    A high-end, modern hotel inspired by traditional architecture from Mykonos, Greece. Located on Mykonos, in…

  • Villa Icaria

    A relaxing retreat built among pine and oak trees on the banks of the Tagus…

loader