Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Chilean architecture studio Pezo von Ellrichshausen completed a spectacular private residence in Cretas, Teruel in Spain; a house that dominates the impressive rural setting with effortless elegance through minimalism and a striking symmetry. Located in the arresting Spanish countryside that features vineyards and olive groves, the residence is set against a general background of medieval villages and rocky outcrops. The Solo House emerges gracefully as a bare horizontal volume, detached from the ground, suspended in an almost archaic time.

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Transparent and monolithic, this impressive dwelling is balanced on top of a blind pedestal, in such way that its outline is divided between an elevated portion visible from a distance and another that disappears behind the leaves of native plant species.

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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The structural minimalism of the house defines the spatial organization as well as the ambiance of the house.  Pezo von Ellrichshausen architects created a panoramic perimeter ring that is punctuated by sixteen columns and placed at regular intervals in order to accommodate a sequence of rooms with indefinite functions.

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Structural model © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Strucural model © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

These crystalline, symmetrical living spaces are mutually independent and are linked by four open terraces at their corners.

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Cristobal Palma

The portico is too narrow to contain a static living room and too deep for a balcony yet creates a perfect viewing platform to indulge into views of the adjacent landscape. The openness of the house presents spaces that evoke a feeling of freedom and create spaces that feel almost ethereal.  Furthermore, the only closed room – in the centre – is not roofed; its four walls are perforated at their central point, while the floor is of water (the most gentle paving known to man), which reflects the sky.

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Cristobal Palma

After going along a sloping straight path, a bifurcated set of steps shapes the entrance; entering the house is like going into a twin tunnel that encircles the central swimming pool, with small openings set diagonally that allow glimpses of sky across the water.

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Pezo von Ellrichshausen

The Solo House demonstrates an outstanding volumetric unity and a stark yet refined monumentality while the elegant concrete structure of the building disappears in the outlines of its mass. As Pezo von Ellrichshausen mentioned ‘It would seem that when Chilean theoretician Juan Borches said that architecture was physics incarnate, he was speaking not only of loads and tensions, but of life itself, which erases their effort.’

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

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Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Location plan © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Construction plan © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

axonometric © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

elevation © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Solo House by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

© Pezo von Ellrichshausen

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 

 


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