Solo House Casa Pezo / Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects

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Solo House Casa Pezo is part of the Solo Houses concept, series of eight to ten vacation homes designed by some of the talented young international designers. Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects, Mos Office, Didier Faustino and his studio Mésarchitectures, Sou Fujimoto, Studio Mumbai, and TNATakei-Nabeshima-Architects are among the architects designing the 200 sqm size homes, with the first collection to be set in the countryside of Matarraña.

Solo Houses is a similar concept to Living Architecture. Set up as a new social enterprise to revolutionise both architecture and UK holiday rentals, Living Architecture commissioned Peter Zumthor, Michael & Patty Hopkins, NORD, Jarmund/Vigsnæs Architects & MVRDV to each design homes. Many of these have been featured on ArchDaily including MVRDV’s unforgettable Balancing Barn.

Follow the break for drawings and renderings of Solo House Casa Pezo by Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects.

Architects: Pezo Von Ellrichshausen Architects
Location: Polygon 13, Parcel 245, Cretas, Teruel Province,
Architects: Mauricio Pezo, Sofia von Ellrichshausen
Associated Architects: Alberto Haering, Gonzalo Urbizu
Collaborators: Diogo Porto, Bernhard Maurer Valeria Farfan, Eleonora Bassi, Ana Franzisca Freese
Client: Christian Bourdais
Project Area: 313 sqm
Project Year: 2009-2011

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This is a singular piece that occupies a dominant position in the landscape. It is a horizontal figure separated from the ground. A sculptural structure, unitary and monolithic, that is supported by a blind podium. An elevated condition visible from a distance and another that disappears under the foliage. The platform’s aerial world establishes its own cardinal directions. A perimeter ring, a panoramic rotunda measured by sixteen columns at regular distances, is occupied by a sequence of rooms with informally defined functions. Transparent and symmetrical rooms articulated by open corners.

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A portico too narrow as to hold a static room and too deep as to hold a vigilance balcony. On the platform’s aerial world there is a single interior room. This room has no roof. It is barely perforated in all four directions of the landscape and its base is occupied by water, a volume of water as profound as the high that separates the house from the natural ground. This contained water, the softest patio known, always finds the way to move the sky to the bottom of the earth.

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  • Kent Johnson

    i just think this is one of the most beautiful homes i have seen

  • Rodrigo Lastra

    anyone noticed there are no showers in the whole house?

    • Allan

      But there is a pool!

      • chronic22

        which is deeper than wider, pretty shallow concept…

    • David Basulto

      Please look at the floor plans, there are showers.

  • CAD

    Perfect! for anti zombie fortress

  • up_today_arch

    very interesting project… cool enough!

  • h.a.

    just brilliant!! this guys have taken luis kahn very seriously, and I am glad they did. Reminds me as well when Utzon talked about mexican piramids as a mean to create a plane above the rain forest to conquer the horizon. Congratulations!!

  • H-J

    Great way to use isometric projection.