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El Refugio

Palma de Mallorca
470 m2
2020
Germán Cabo & Jose Barceló

A house designed as a refuge is born in a vast area of extensive cultivated fields, with views of the Tramuntana mountains as a backdrop.

A place to shelter from the sun and wind in an area where shade is scarce.

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The project takes place in the municipality of Sa Pobla, one of the most rural areas of Mallorca. These rural connotations will mark the character of the project from its conception.

The home is implanted on an extensive agricultural plot, forming part of a cultivated plot set where the buildings are dotted in the landscape. From the outset, the place’s character marks the project’s development, both in its morphology and materiality.

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Concrete walls that function as a fortress and merge with handcrafted works. The duality between innovation and tradition was a crucial point in the proposal.

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The project is understood as a roof that folds and extrudes longitudinally, forming under it the different spaces of the house.

Covered porches and patios are always linked—interior and exterior merge, focusing on the views of the surrounding countryside and the Tramuntana mountains. The façade is opaque and forceful. The ceramics are used as an excuse to connect the house with the place and with rural architecture.

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The reddish and clay soils, together with the area’s vernacular architecture, were the key to proposing raw ceramic elements to create the project’s image and sensations.

In the interior, a direct connection to the exterior is achieved through the spatial continuity of the ceilings.

The sloping roof planes are repeated throughout the project, giving personality to each room.

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Alzado
Elevation.
Planta
Floor plan.