This summerhouse is located near the village of Mont-ras, a few miles from the Spanish Costa Brava, in a hilly region cultivated with orchards. The layout is similar to a small town and the ruins of a former peasant hut are incorporated into the volumes of the house.
The building is an articulated house that respects as far as possible the preexisting vegetation. The pavilions, sheathed in brown brick are projected towards the central space and face the swimming pool - the center of the sunny life of this villa. The space is made even more comfortable by many relaxation corners, shielded by walls that function as windbreaks, and is scenically tied to nearby volumes by terraced steps that act as a solarium.
The main body, which is the owner’s residence, is composed of two identical three-floor volumes that contain: a living room with chimney at a diagonal covered by a Catalan vault, music room, and master bedroom with bathroom and walk-in closet on the ground floor; a library on the second floor; on the third floor a playroom and a sitting room, which is connected to the swimming pool via exterior steps.
The independent modules are bedrooms for the other members of the family and guests. The basic building volume module is 3 x 6 x 6 meters, which includes bathroom and walk-in closet.
The main dining room, meeting place par excellence, completely sheathed in red ceramic tile, is oriented towards the pool and is connected to the kitchen and servant's quarters via a revolving glass door.
The entire house, including the swimming pool, is built on a platform, clearly reminiscent of the stylobate of a Greek temple or of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion.
The scenographic effect of the whole is enhanced by the insertion of cypresses. An obelisk built of pink bricks (an allusion to a petrified nature) and the shape of the windows, which play on the perspective offered both by the interior and the exterior, act as counterpoints to the trees.

Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura

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