Nestled in the picturesque Mediterranean landscape, House in La Garriga by Isla Architects is a unique architectural gem that beautifully combines traditional Mallorcan style with contemporary flair.
This project's unusual origin story began simultaneously with its construction. After obtaining the necessary license, the client decided to change architects and sought a design that would provide a more contemporary character. Tasked with this challenge, the architects had to work within a pre-imposed footprint of four interconnected volumes.
The design embraces the local environment, incorporating materials from the site itself. Excavated rocks and stones were repurposed for the main house façade, while the earth from the excavation seamlessly blends the structure with the surrounding terrain. The natural tones also inspired the color palette for locally prefabricated concrete elements, including window frames, cornices, and exterior floors and platforms, as well as the natural mortar of the auxiliary volumes.
The outdoor pool complex is ingeniously designed as a series of floating pieces that emerge from the ground. A distinct shadow line separates these pieces from the terrain, encouraging the growth and integration of local vegetation and easing the transition between the natural and built environments.
Inside, the house boasts a spacious open-concept design that can be easily divided into two distinct areas for public and private use. The main living space features a common wooden coffered ceiling that unifies the kitchen, dining room, and living room, creating a welcoming space for both family gatherings and social events.
The design includes thoughtful details inspired by traditional Majorcan architecture, such as the wooden coffered ceilings, terrazzo floors, and flared windows that gently filter sunlight. These elements are skillfully integrated with contemporary solutions, resulting in a harmonious and visually stunning retreat that remains rooted in its cultural context while embracing modern innovation.