Unlike many other branches of the
arts, architecture does not have that halo of consumer product: whether it’s a
play, an album of music, a book or a painting, the artistic products seem to
live in a parallel sphere, adjoining with that of the people.
Architecture, therefore, has a
particular place within art: it is the art of space, with borders much more
grey, sometimes than the creative imagination. What would happen if the
architects did not have a budget limit and could merely dedicate themselves to
creating the space of their dreams?
This exciting exercise was the
one that the French firm Christian Bourdais proposed to 10 renowned architects:
Solo Houses seeks to give creative freedom to architects to make incredible
houses in a property two hours from Barcelona, in the middle of nature.
Although the budget is not unlimited, it is sought that architects address them
not as an assignment or a job, but with playful imagination.
Thus, the Chilean office Pezo von
Ellrichshausen made a symmetrical structure with a pool in the middle, which
you have to cross to go from one side of the house to the other. On the other
hand, Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample will build a series of habitable
vantage points that will eventually be devoured by the growth of vegetation,
becoming a summer “ruin”.
Perhaps the most radical project
is the Casa Faustino, by Didier Faustino. When it is built, it will look like
an asterisk fallen from outer space in the middle of the forest.
The house of your dreams
Finally, it was time to leap this
family -until now staying in the centre of Barcelona- and start living outside,
a few kilometres from the city, but much closer to the beach and the fresh air.
An excellent place for your children, already almost teenagers. Although the
most potent reason for such change was the acquisition of this house, very
close to his dreams, equipped with large terraces, private garden and
generously sized interiors.
The house, a recently built
townhouse with three floors, had a perfect distribution but, for the taste of
its owners, with traditional excess finishes. The new owners wanted to wash his
face and personalise it without having to do significant works. Judith Farrán
and Gustavo Carrasco, from the Home Deco studio, did so with subtle ideas and
much more avant-garde proposals, which resulted in spaces with their stamp, a
certain sophistication and a lot of warmth.
Perhaps the only guideline to
follow was the absolute commitment to white; bleached wooden floors, ceilings
and walls painted in that colour as well as practically all the furniture and
upholstery of the house. The conception of space emulates a brand new canvas,
bright and clean, on which to express small doses of colour, always in the
palette of roses and lilacs, which also act as a common thread.
In the bedrooms, located on the
second and third floors, some license was allowed with the colours. Even with
the base also white, the bedding, the carpets and some complements of more
intense tones bring a very balanced dynamism; especially, in the rooms of the
What do you think about this
house that we have presented to you today? Are you also lucky to live in the
home of your dreams or are you still waiting for the moment to be able to enjoy
it? How is that house you miss so much? Encourage and share your comments with