A contemporary house perched in the mountains was created by the architect Miquel Lacomba, located in Pollença, a town on the island of Mallorca. This fabulous home was designed to conform to its landscape, nestled high in the mountains overlooking the bay of cala de Sant Vicenç. The project found its main difficulty with the steep terrain of the site, which was solved by creating terraces that were supported by stone walls. These platforms support volumes that are oriented to the landscape. The interior spaces are comprised of 3,993 square feet (371 square meters), relating to the outdoor spaces in an intense way. Expansive panoramic views of the surrounding rocky environment and, in the distance, the sea was introduced to the inside of the house. This was one of the intentions of the architect, who facilitated this connection thanks to large windows that replaced the walls in the facade. The distribution of the main living spaces forms an indoor-outdoor connection with the terraces, which are conceived as rooms of the house itself.
Another of the strengths of the project was to focus on energy efficiency and to optimize bioclimatic factors to correctly operate. For example, cross ventilation through doors and windows placed strategically capture passive solar and a roof cover designed with a floating floor that allows optimum ventilation and prevents overheating in the summer. To this same end, sliding shutters were added to windows, made of iroko wood slats; they act as a second skin that protects the house from the sun and allows air circulation. This element, in addition to its purely functional role, creates an aesthetic effect that sets the tone of personality to the facade, clad with limestone. The finished result of this project is simplicity and practicality with clear and fresh concepts.
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What We Love: How the open plan living, kitchen, and dining room are connected to the outdoor living spaces creating flexibly and a seamless design to the exterior living environment. The view is pretty spectacular as well! What do you think? What is your favorite feature of this home design?
Photos: Courtesy of Miquel Lacomba Architecture
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