Palerm House

Palerm House

Architect
OHLAB
Location
Lloret de Vista Alegre, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
José Hevia
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
WC, bathtub, shower tray Roca
SwitchesJung HQ
LS990
Cement tiles and sinkHuguet
Lluis Clotet
TapsPaffoni
Light-Ellight
LampsContain
TableEthnicraft

Product Spec Sheet
WC, bathtub, shower tray
Switches
LS990 by Jung HQ
Cement tiles and sink
Lluis Clotet by Huguet
Taps
Light-Ellight by Paffoni
Lamps
by Contain
Table

Casa Palerm

OHLAB as Architects

Casa Palerm is as an extension of a rural hotel in the countryside of Lloret de Vistalegre, in the centre of Mallorca. It is a new independent building, close to the original farmhouse, which functions as a small holiday home. The project follows a discreet architecture, being integrated within its surrounding environment and performing efficiently, both economically and energetically.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

The program is resolved in one level with a compact and elongated volume with pitched roof. The width is kept to six meters in order to use low-cost beams and structure with no columns. The layout, parallel to the slope of the terrain, allows all the rooms to enjoy views of the countryside and the Tramontana mountains towards the north and take advantage of the south sun. This arrangement also favours crossed ventilations, natural lighting and the thermoregulation of the house.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Transversely, the volume is perforated by an imaginary box creating a central hole, the living-dining room. On the floor, a concrete tongue creates terraces on each side of the living space, both enlarging and connecting it to the landscape. On the ceiling, a wattle (cañizo) pergola crosses the hollow space and expands on both sides. In this way, the terraces are protected from the summer sun, and the wattle filters the light - creating a Mediterranean play of lights and shadows. The windows of this space can be completely hidden in the walls of the façade, so that the living-dining room becomes an external porch and invades the north and south terraces depending on season.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

On the south terrace, the concrete tongue ends with a wide bench made of local stone marés, from where one can view the framed landscape through the big opening of the house that intentionally has a panoramic format with a cinematographic proportion (2.66:1). This ratio of the old Cinemascope evokes the personal imagery that bring us back to old movie theatres. Thus, from the south terrace we can watch the living room as the stage of everyday life - with both the fields and the Tramontana mountains panoramically cropped as a backdrop.

Towards the north, the terrace works as a podium (above the rain water tank) to contemplate the views and the pool.

photo_credit José Hevia
José Hevia

Simple yet effective solutions, both in terms of design and energy efficiency, complete the house. The impact of the sun is mitigated by the wattle pergola, the Mallorquian shutters and the planting of deciduous trees provide shade in summer. Rainwater is stored in the water tank and then is reused for the irrigation of the low maintenance Mediterranean garden, the filling of the toilet tanks, and for the pool. Traditional construction details are used, as well as a palette of natural and local materials - such as rustic lime mortar plastering, reused ceramic roof tiles, hydraulic tiles, local mares stone, cane, sepi wood and artisan cement floors and sinks.

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