Spain – Marià Castelló Architecture has combined the elements of Nature with contemporary design to complete Island Mirage, a villa for a family sensitive to the environment. The building’s program is divided into three light modules built in dry construction systems and a cavity made by subtraction of material on the lower floor.
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This longitudinal disposition gives place to full-empty successions, patios, connecting walkways, transverse views and a natural cave in the main access courtyard, which was integrated to the project during the process of construction.
“Island Mirage is gestated in the duality between the telluric and the tectonic. The heavy and the light. Earth and air. The artisanal and the technological. Compression effort and tensile strength.” Explains Marià Castelló.
From far away the villa appears like a mirage nested in the Bosc d’en Pep Ferrer area next to the beach of Migjorn on Formentera southern coast. Such territory unleashes the desire to inhabit an oneiric view, where the horizon is only cut by the beautiful silhouette of the Pi des Català Tower, built in 1763.
The rock, which surfaces superficially where the villa stands, has been shaped as if it were a sculpture, offering a cavity reminiscent of nearby stone quarries. “A whole space materialized with a single stone. Monolithic. Megalithic. Stereotomic.”
Each of the three modules of Island Mirage is composed of three levels. In the lower floor bare rocks carved under the building surround guests while a variety of contrasting elements of light and darkness leading to the upper floors.
The ground floor facing the sea is filled with light. Here contemporary and minimalist interiors tune with wooden floors and ceilings. On the top of the building, guests can relax, sunbathe and overlook the surrounding nature.
“The superior quality of the used materials and their unions has played an important role in the process of creation and realization of the project. Bioconstruction criteria has given preference to natural materials.” Adds Marià Castelló.
All photos by Marià Castelló Martínez.
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