Known for its breathtaking landscapes and rich cultures, the Iberian Peninsula is also home to some of the world’s most incredible residential designs. From luxurious villas to quiet retreats, the diverse housing markets of Spain and Portugal embody the region’s varied climate and vernacular building history. Often created as either extravagant expressions or straightforward, orthogonal volumes with clean lines, modern residences in both countries explore clear transitions and how they define interior and exterior space.
The following projects explore concrete and white stucco designs across a variety of scales and locations across the Iberian Peninsula. Showcasing bold, bright residences that prioritize the framing of views and simplicity of form, the designs stand in stark contrast to their surroundings. Engaging their sites and the opportunities they present, these homes articulate newfound relationships between materials, space and enclosure.
Designed to maximize the perception of spaciousness within an urban area, the Atrium house includes a private space that was carved in the middle of the site. Programmatically, the project was organized along the existing slope to the ravine towards views of the Sierra Calderona.
Located in a residential zone in Madrid, the Moraleja House embraces nature while establishing privacy. Inspired by a volcano, the project places human activity at its core and connects it to a private garden space.
Casa H was created to merge interior and exterior space while maintaining privacy. Formed with large windows that embrace natural daylight, the house takes the form of a pure and simple prism that’s hollowed out by large voids.
Located on an isolated estate near the town of Benicassim, the Ripollés-Manrique House overlooks the Mediterranean. Sited atop a hill in Montornés, the residence emerged as a response to steep slopes and a difficult terrain through a series of transition spaces.
Artfully crafted to respond to the surrounding context and landscape, the Casa Mossegada was designed around the nearby river and valley, as well as the distant cliffs. Taking the shape of a minimal concrete cube, the residence was formed as a larger volume that opens up with warm interior voids.
Located between El Portixol and Cala Blanca, the Sardinera House overlooks the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean atop a dramatic hillside. Walls were used to compress and expand views, while the larger white concrete volumes were made to link the building to the surrounding landscape.
Los Limoneros is sited within a suburb of private villas next to a golf court. Made with a large outdoor garden and a series of covered outdoor spaces, the residence uses a peripheral wall to create privacy from the neighboring buildings while forming a type of “living room landscape.”
Located between a small fishing village and the Natural Park of the Cabo de Creus, the Sunflower House was sited overlooking the Mediterranean. Framing where the Pyrenees meet the water, the house embraces the landscape through segmented programmatic units and a continuous perimeter.
Integrating into its environment and respecting its site, this residential design was conceived as a piece placed on the ground, an element joining in the gap. Emerging from the mountainside, the project overlooks above the surrounding building fabric and the Valley of Ayora.
Conceptualized as a simple work of architecture that respects the land’s natural contour, this cliffside house rests like a shadow above the Mediterranean. A monolithic, stone-anchored structure was used to generate a horizontal platform above a swimming pool below.
Located between pine trees, this ensemble of white volumes draws angles toward the sea and the Mediterranean forest. The interior spaces differ at every step with unrepeated geometries that provide a unique circulation experience for the occupants.
This white volumetric home has minimal façade openings for privacy, while skylights flood the interior spaces with natural light. On the interior, the cedar wood floors juxtapose with the white walls, making the home feel warmer.
The House in Possanco is a unique presence on the Alentejo planes. The whiteness of the simple walls bring out an almost abstract figure against the backdrop of the surrounding environment. The asymmetric roof with beautiful skylights creates a moment of pleasant surprise.
While this home has an appearance of a single white block from the street, it is composed of two larger divisions that are connected by a shared courtyard. Simple volumes open up to plans that forge a continuous and fluid connectivity throughout the interior spaces.
This ensemble of houses adapts to the surrounding landscape as white walls vary in height in response to existing trees, creating great views through a system of terraces. Materials for the interior spaces and furniture were carefully chosen to create a warm harmony with the white volumes.
The slope and shape of the site allows a small, discrete one-floor volume to be revealed at first glance. The main entrance is covered by the top floor and this composition creates a large balcony that optimizes natural light.
A white rectangular volume is cut away to create a variety of interior and exterior spaces. This creates a dynamic program throughout the home with a play on open, closed, private and public spaces.
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