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Esther Roca House / Josep Llobet

  • Architects: Josep Llobet
  • Location: Carrer del Mil·leni, 17412 Maçanet de la Selva, Girona, Spain
  • Structures: Manuel Fernandez - Bernuz&Fernandez
  • Technical Architect: Ismael Fernandez
  • Project Area: 880.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photography: Eugeni Pons, Courtesy of Josep Llobet

© Eugeni Pons © Eugeni Pons Courtesy of Josep Llobet Courtesy of Josep Llobet

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

Houses within a house, half hidden corners, shadows and recollection, kindness and tenderness, measure and proportion, all of this is sensed in this house. When one visits, even more is discovered. Wood and more wood of all types, colors, scents, and textures, this is the home for a carpenter who enjoys his profession, he is the carpenter working with me for two decades.

© Eugeni Pons
© Eugeni Pons

Pleural transition spaces. Thinking and building a house for a couple, means knowing their privacy, these inhabitants have been intimidated. They have understood the suffering and sacrifice that means getting involved in this life project. The house is designed from the inside out, and this is the result and reward of years of inquiries, sketches, models, meetings, good communication, and understanding with the owners. Every corner, every line drawn, represents a thought, represents an action. The house is full of daily actions, sometimes evident and sometimes not.

Courtesy of Josep Llobet
Courtesy of Josep Llobet

A half-buried plan (facilities, garage and studio), and two plans shape and constrain the daily actions. The house gives a part of its garden to the public space, without a physical enclosure to the street. The materials of the house (concrete, wood and clay) are used throughout and exposed, without masking or treatment, in their pure rawness. This gives the house a comfortable, almost monastic austerity.

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