Gruyere House combines breath-taking views with privacy. Lagula Arquitectes made use of different geometric shapes, both straight and curved elements and a sober and minimalist palette that puts the impressive architecture in the spotlight.
The Spanish architectural office Lagula Arquitectes is based in vibrant Barcelona and realises different types of projects including high-end residential developments all over the world. The studio has won several prizes in architecture competitions and their Gruyere House certainly deserves an award, according to Imagicasa.
‘The beauty of complex plots is that they offer specific conditions for the production of architecture’
Gruyere House is a beautiful impressive house in the Spanish city of Girona. Surrounded by a golf course and forest you have beautiful views of nature which the architects made full use of I the design. The neighbours are fairly close to the house which is located on a narrow site. But Lagula was not discouraged by these challenges. ‘The beauty of complex plots is that they offer specific conditions for the production of architecture,’ we hear. So, the focus of the house's architecture was on privacy and orientation for the best views. ‘The overall volume therefore grows from one level on the street side to two floors in front of the forest,’ says the office. Geometry is a classic instrument in architecture and it clearly played an important role in this design as well. We recognise different geometric forms and round shapes are combined with straight lines. ‘A series of contrasting, curved elements on the volume help create sun, light, expansive views and a sense of privacy.’ Extending surfaces provide an aesthetic element but also create a canopy and shade for the terrace. The palette and design of the interior and exterior have been kept sober and minimalist in order to really let the architecture take centre stage. Architects: Lagula Arquitectes
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