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The “ruin of Alonso” was a small construction from 1793, a simple semi-buried house, with tiny windows and two corrals. Starting from the old layout of the walls inscribed in the ground as an encrypted symbol, we reinvented ourselves, elaborating a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Ibizan farm, with its way of living close to the environment.

The pieces built are concatenated, promoting a flow that is easy to live and interpret both in winter, when the everyday takes place around the fire, and in summer, when the house opens to the orchard.

The position of the building, embedded in the bottom of the plot and practically buried in the terrace, invites us to invent our own subtle architectural mechanisms. In the main room, the dry stone retaining wall -which supports the country road- slides slightly forward and folds over the front of the facade, leaving space for a full-height window and provides a surprise patio -with its bougainvillea- for Mediterranean awakenings …

The friends room retreats back against the lands; but an imperceptible movement of the plant releases a “patio tadao ando”, like a passageway, which invites the morning light and contemplation.

The main façade – in fact the only façade of the house – subtly dislodges and provides access to the roof via a whitewashed staircase.

The concrete front module frames the window and serves as a visor to filter the intense summer light. It is both a compositional mechanism and an articulator. Organize and collect wooden lattices outside and gather tall kitchen cabinets indoors. It marks the ladder, momentarily compressing the space on the shoulders of the one who enters, then freeing it upwards towards the wooden beams of the room.

Sant Agustí des Vedrá, Ibiza
2004

Architects
Jaime Romano
Manel Landete

Interior design
Jaime Romano
Roberta Jurado – Box 3 Interiores

Collaborators
César Horrillo

Rigger
Vicent Serra

Builder
Construcciones Peral

Industrials
Box 3 Interiores
Pitiusa instaladora
Balear Instalaciones Eléctricas

Publications
AD España n° 38
Paris Match n° 573

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