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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

4 PORCHES AND 4 SKYLIGHTS HOUSE in Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain by Ferran Vizoso architecture & Jesus Cardona

 
September 5th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Ferran Vizoso architecture

The clients asked for a house that had to be close from the outside but open from the inside. Had to have introverted facades, to maintain the privacy of their adjacent plot, but at the same time generous views towards all its carefully landscaped perimeter.

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  • Architects: Ferran Vizoso architecture & Jesus Cardona
  • Project:4 PORCHES AND 4 SKYLIGHTS HOUSE
  • Location: Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Clients: Private, a couple of layers from Madrid
  • Collaborators: Xosé Domínguez, Begoña Cazorla and René Guder
  • Technical architect: Juan Cardona

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

  • Contractor: Inversiones y promociones inmobiliarias Q.M. S.L.
  • Basic project: 30.09.2007
  • Executive modification: 15.03.2010
  • Construction: 11.01.2010 – 20.10.2010
  • Roof surface: 162 m2
  • Interior surface: 106 m2
  • Built surface: 146 m2 (129,50 house + 0,5 x 33 m2 porches)
  • Budged: 223.340 €
  • Cost €/m2: 1.530 €/m2

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Four triangular porches solved the paradoxical demand due to the “inverted funnel effect” of their walls, a shape able to simultaneously offer wide views from the inside and massive facades from the outside. The solution “dislocated” the geometry of the whole plan and generated very rich visual relations in between the house and the garden.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

When the big sliding doors are open, hided into the walls, the four triangular outdoor areas connect each other and the interior becomes one only great porch, a big shadow in between four intimate “pavilions” (the three bedrooms and the sitting room) with the constant presence of the changing daylight and the garden views.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

In the bathrooms, through triangular skylights with mirrors on two of their three sides, the sun light descends causing surprising kaleidoscopic reflections. With all this, the residence becomes a comfortable and protected “interior” not being “in front of” or “by the” nature, but absolutely surrounded by it.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © José Hevia

Image Courtesy © Ferran Vizoso architecture

Image Courtesy © Ferran Vizoso architecture

Image Courtesy © Ferran Vizoso architecture

Image Courtesy © Ferran Vizoso architecture

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