Sant Vicent de Sa Cala (IBZ)
María García Berná, Ignacio Galbis Lloréns
On a plot land with a pronounced slope and in the middle of a forest, a young family (NYB and their children) want to build a house to settle down and bring up, to build a home.
Being aware of the traditional house of the island, its rules of composition, the efficiency of its design and its clean and elegant volume; the dwelling is placed inside the woods. This is not an object left in the middle of the trees, but a building that embraces the forest and let it go into its interior.
The house is situated in the lowest part of the plot. That is the same elevation as the other dwellings in the surroundings, most of them old constructions (casa pagesa), which explains that traditional wisdom indicates us the best plate to locate the new building.
The needs programme is in line with the wishes of the future owners. The space is flow; it has crossed views and the level of privacy changes gradually from room to room. The center of the house is the living room, designed like the traditional porxo as it gives access to all the stays and organize the daily function. It opens to a courtyard where the forest introduces itself inside the building. The rest of the spaces surround it.
For the children a big space is designed. Instead of 3 rooms along a corridor, part of each is given to a common games/study zone. From it you can also access to the bathroom and a viewing platform, slightly elevated, to rest, read, listen to music, etc. with sights focused by a big window.
There is also a small apartment for guests, joined to the building but able to work independently and with privacy.
The volume is simple, with wide walls and windows that are wider when they open to the courtyard (apart from the viewing platforms), and smaller when they are in the façade, like in the traditional houses.