Álvaro Siza com Rafael Moranta, Palma de Maiorca, Spain, 2002
Completed in 2007, the house was designed by the architect Siza, set in a magnificent pine forest; it occupies a ground of about 3500 m2, with a very sharp drop, between the street and the sea.
From the technical point of view, there is the great sustainability required to the house, from the point of view the environment through the use of environmentally friendly materials, either in the thermal point of view, optimizing all the existing resources in order to obtain the maximum energy efficiency. Also, on the other hand, it is noted that, although a building constituted by three independent volumes have been implemented as one unit, without any expansion joint.
The small space for execution of the works, due to the sharp drop, was a key factor in the process of carrying out the work, often conditioning work, and as such, the approach to successive problems that have emerged, including the cohesion of the soil, little water and the presence of “isolation” against neighboring, was proposed a flexible wall type Berlim. From the implementation point of view, the house has three large blocks, integrating each in existing topography through a platform of 22 meters and communicating with each other through irregulars passages.
Elevations develop through three floors: a basement and two habitable floors. The highest habitable floor has independent access to the five existing rooms. The lower plant blinds to this giving rise to the common areas (living room, kitchen dining room) and also allowing connection to the ground outside, Curious that the room, unlike other places, has no sea views, just a quiet, intimate inner courtyard. Finally, we highlight the polygon coverage zigzag garden.