FAMILY VILLA ON A SLOPED IN OLIVELLA | BARCELONA
The team of architects at RARDO-Architects was commissioned to work on this plot in Olivella , an area near Sitges, Barcelona. It is a large 1,200 m² plot with a gentle slope towards the hills and with beautiful views.
The new volume is configured using a series of mid-levels that gently emerge from the ground as a solid, opaque ensemble that becomes more transparent as it rises above ground level. These bodies are oriented creating panoramic views of the sea and the neighborhood, with large concrete overhangs that offer shelter and protect the interior from excess sunlight, allowing lighting but not heat to enter.
The residential areas of the house are distributed over three floors, with access from the outside located on the intermediate level, along with most of the rooms for daytime use. These rooms have access to the outdoor terraces and the infinity pool, elevated on the ground to equal the upper bound of all the elements. The program proposed by RARDO-Architects also includes a series of separate guest rooms, with their own entrance from the street, in order to make discreet use of them. On the lower level of the volume we can find a gym, spa and additional rooms for guests.
The exterior aspect of the new volume is closed as a fortress from the street, protecting the interior of the house from possible furtive glances from the hotel complex located near the back of the site. Conversely, interior courtyards bring nature and light from the outside to the lower floors. Large landscaped terraces and a light overhang finish configuring the external appearance of the volumes, which are presented terraced on the existing slope, so that the cost of possible earth movements during construction is minimized.