Imagine sinking sensation of your palms in textures of dry earth, burnt-red gravel, and uneven surfaces of freshly fired ceramic as we gaze upon
The 94 square metre home positions itself on Es Pou de Can Marianet Barber – a historical place within the interior of
Es Pou is built of three rectilinear rendered concrete volumes interconnected by thin transitional gaps. These simple volumes are orientated in favour of the sunlight. Starting at the far north, the first volume is occupied by two bedrooms with another entrance to the outdoors. The middle, connected by a bathroom with its private garden is a spacious living room with kitchen and storage pushed to the edges. The third space extends into a luxurious alfresco-like patio looking towards the horizons and paved-platform garden – simultaneously serving as additional cooling and shade during the hotter seasons.
Such simplicity really is masking the complexities within the architectural structure. A family home that prides on being self-sufficient also prides on the strategic use of materials in collaboration with the site which allows for a poetic disguise of services and storage. A cistern for ample water supply and a solarium for the cooler months, all crafted to be well integrated into the architecture.
Taking the language of
From the lessons gathered from Castello’s Fragments Series, it can be said these ephemeral qualities have been through a life-size transformation. Pattern play sculpted by clever positioning of the window openings and ceramic pieces as seen in the unique bed frame with built-in fixtures and the architecture studio’s specially crafted light fixtures and formwork – Es Pou resembles a ceramicists’ hands that have gracefully articulated the ambience.
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