Patio House

studio nolet
Baix Empordà, Spain | View Map
Project Year
Private Houses
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
BrickCeramica Elias
Ladrillo blanco
Glazed tileCeràmica Ferrés
Formwork tile, Revolto ceramicaCeramica Baucells

Product Spec Sheet
Ladrillo blanco by Ceramica Elias
Glazed tile
Formwork tile, Revolto ceramica

Patio House

studio nolet as Architects

This family house is located at the edge of a suburb in the Baix Emporda, Catalonia, on a steep hill overlooking a forested valley.

photo_credit Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani
photo_credit Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani

The house is organised around a double height patio space that is shaded by a pergola of concrete beams and offers a framed view of the mountains opposite.

photo_credit Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani
photo_credit Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani

From the street to the top of the hill steps descend to the upper-level entrance door. All spaces in the house vary in proportions, and each room has a window with a different configuration of its glazing and threshold. All are modestly sized to limit solar gain, with the patio giving a second aspect to most rooms. The elevations are the resultant expressions of the various framed landscape views from these interiors, of which the patio opening is the largest.

photo_credit Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani
photo_credit Del Rio Bani
Del Rio Bani

The project is largely constructed with locally sourced clay materials, such as ceramic vaults, bricks, quarry tiles and glazed tiles. Their natural hues are set off with white plaster and are combined with various joinery items painted in artificial tones of green and amber, linking the interiors to the surrounding pine trees.


Material Used:
1. Facade cladding: Brick, Ladrillo blanco by Ceramica Elias
2. Flooring: Tile, Cava by Living Ceramics
3. Wall tiles: Glazed tile, Lisa by Ceramica Ferres 
4. Ceiling tiles: Formwork tile, Revolto ceramica by Ceramica Baucells
5. Doors: Iroko hardwood doors and windows

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