In the midst of the vibrant world of architecture, NØRA studio emerged in 2015, a collective born from the shared passion of architecture students. Their journey began as a collaborative exploration, a dynamic dance between individual viewpoints, contradictions, and a commitment to the profound complexity inherent in the art of projecting spaces.
As architects, NØRA studio thrives in a state of constant change, adapting to the evolving landscapes they adore. Their approach, firmly rooted in a love for the environment, is not just about creating structures but about weaving a narrative that harmonizes with the world around them. The team embraces contradiction, acknowledging that it is within these tensions that true creativity blossoms. Each project is a unique manifestation, growing from a seed of inspiration that takes root in the circumstances of its conception. This seed evolves organically, responding to the fluidity of the maturation and creative process. The team listens intently to the world and society, engaging in conversations with clients who share a vision for pioneering new projects.
Their recent endeavor in Sa Pobla, Mallorca, embodies the essence of NØRA's philosophy. Nestled in the picturesque landscape of "es Raiguer," the house stands as a testament to a meticulous dialogue with its surroundings. Drawing inspiration from traditional construction methods, the project amplifies sloped roofs, earth-colored materials, and typology of holes, pushing them to their contemporary extremes. The two pieces, strategically placed at 45°, gracefully distribute day and night spaces, integrating seamlessly with the environment's solar orientation and local winds. The use of "Fetdeterra," an eco-innovative product composed of 100% recyclable and sustainable materials, not only anchors the building to the earth but also mirrors the natural hues of the region's clay-based soil.
A harmonious blend of contemporary design and rural tradition
NØRA studio's commitment to locality extends beyond materials, with locally sourced gravels, marés, and ceramics forging connections between different elements, creating a cohesive integration with the Sa Pobla terrain. The result is a space that feels as though it has always belonged, a harmonious blend of contemporary design and rural tradition. Venturing inside, the house becomes a canvas for the play of golden light. Patios break the geometric rigidity, inviting the outdoors in. At the heart of the structure lies the day area, a nexus of connection with the pool and outdoor spaces, fostering cross-ventilation and bathing the space in natural light.
Wood, with its timeless warmth, takes center stage, adorning walls and floors in light tones that envelop the house in a cozy embrace. The studio’s design isn't just about creating structures; it's about crafting homes that resonate with the rhythm of life, where architecture becomes a living, breathing part of the landscape it inhabits. Through their thoughtful approach, NØRA studio invites us to reimagine our living spaces, harmonizing with tradition, and embracing the ever-evolving dance of life. Lead Architects: Marina Munar Bonnin, Rafel Capó Quetglas, Pau del Campo Montoliu, Luca Lliteras Roldán
Photography by Ricard Lopez
Builder: Construcciones Mestre Serra S.L.
Collaborators: HAC23- Arquitectura Técnica, Fetdeterra, Construccions Antoni Gost S.L., Fusteria Fusta i Tronc
Text by Elke Aerts