GCA Architects is an international firm that seeks to combine sustainable technology and eco-efficiency with loving handmade craftsmanship. With a track record of over 35 years, GCA Architects has projects all over the world. Like this house on the Spanish island of Formentera that embodies the slow and serene pace of life on the island.
Located on the Mediterranean Sea, on the coast of Formentera, this house is an embodiment of the landscape and the slow and serene pace of life that the island promotes.
The project stems from a desire to integrate the architectural intervention with the physical environment, both in composition and in colours and textures. They were able to achieve this thanks to a combination of linear Mediterranean architecture, minimalist principles and natural materials present on the island. The house is a volumetric composition of stone elements and flat roofs, evoking the traditional walls of Formentera architecture. Made of dry stone with rustic wooden pergolas, the house is an extension of its surroundings. Other materials that characterise the house are microcement and wood, which give the house an earthy palette. The light, the protagonist of the project. It creates a play of light and shadow throughout the day, giving the surfaces a lively dynamic.
The house is an extension of its surroundings.
The house also consists of an annex that houses the guest suite. This is connected to the main building by a series of stone outer walls that form a courtyard. This completely open outdoor corridor forms a protected space against the harsh conditions of the area and prevents direct exposure to the strong winds. The materials used for the exterior seem to come from the land itself: plaster in a colour that matches the surroundings, wood and verandas made of juniper logs.
The elements that characterise the architecture of the region can be found in other details such as the chimneys, rounded corners and wooden shutters. The landscape reflects the rocky and steep environment typical of the coast. The plant species used are linked to the tradition of agriculture and gardens of Formentera, ensuring maximum adaptation to the Mediterranean climate and water conditions. The saltwater pool lies parallel to the coast and merges with the horizon of the sea. The ideal place to watch the sunset! Want to get enchanted by more impressive projects and inspiring architecture? Be sure to follow us on Instagram on the account Imagicasa Architecture. On this page, we will share unique realisations, promising designs and innovative ideas daily.
Photography by Salva Lopez