Designed in partnership with Italian architect
The tall walls of the facade hide a private villa—a vacation home—complete with a large courtyard, several terraces, and a pool. The design both invites nature in and works to repel it; the tall, opaque walls reflect the harsh sun while also concealing a courtyard of lush green lawn and regional landscaping. The exterior is reminiscent of the traditional stucco homes found throughout southern Spain; composed of concrete, it lends a modern, and more minimal twist. The interior is simplified even further by white walls, light tile floors, and a scattering of wood furnishings. The feeling evoked from Neuendorf House is one of complete ease, an effortlessness that is emblematic of both Pawson’s and Silvestrin’s designs.
The minimal structure of Neuendorf House reflects Pawson’s commitment to experimenting with geometry, light, and materials. The house is uniquely structured to capture or disrupt the bright Mallorca sunlight. Cuts in the facade cast shadows to the courtyard, creating an ever-changing artwork throughout the day. Windows create a similar effect on the clean white walls of the interior. The perfectly sculpted courtyard allows the pool exposure to full sunlight, while the surrounding trees cast organic shadows on the concrete walls.
Spanish light, local almond trees, and the almost unreal pink of Neuendorf House have us slipping into the most pleasant dream. A dream of sun, warmth, art, and the wonderful world of these two architects.