1209COR–Two Cork Houses

1209COR–Two Cork Houses

Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectes
Palafrugell, Girona, Spain | View Map
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José Hevia, Juande Jarillo photographers

1209COR–Two Cork Houses

Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectes as Architects

The houses, compact and vertical, emerge from an uneven terrain in which an attempt has been made to intervene as little as possible in the natural topography of the land—by dispensing with walls, paved terraces and underground garages—while committing to conservation of the existing vegetation, enhancing it with new plantings of Mediterranean varieties of underbrush. In this way the environment is preserved and the impression given of a place that has hardly changed after the intervention. 

Intimate in scale, the indoor spaces are linked to one another without the need for passageways in a sequence of rooms of varying size, their uses being defined by their relationship to the outside, be it the distant view of the sea, the vision of the tops of the pines or the direct access to the terrain. The shade from the pines protects the windows from the sun.

The larger of the two houses forms the setting for most of the family encounters. The main floor is extended via a freestanding canopy which gives shape to two ample overlapping terraces with views of the sea and the coastal mountain range of Les Gavarres. The canopy of sandblasted concrete is a structure that is independent of the house and its terraces are literally suspended among the pines.

Both houses obtained a Class A energy rating, highest rating in Spain.

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