Located on a relatively small site in Mallorca, Spain is Jordi and Àfrica’s House by TEd’A Arquitectes. This layout created an opportunity which compacted the house along one side whilst maintaining its street façade and maximizing its patio space, which has ample solar access.
Jordi and Àfrica’s House occupies a corner plot and as a result, the design utilizes a layout which is organized in two perpendicular directions rather than a conventional, uni-directional street to patio organization. As a result of this, Jordi and Àfrica’s House doesn’t have a dominant direction, but it instead looks equal in all directions.
The structure of Jordi and Àfrica’s House is composed of load-bearing walls that are arranged in a cross form which construct the layout of the interior spaces. Furthermore the interior walls divide the spaces up efficiently. The services are placed along the perimeter, which frees up a centre space for common use areas between the rooms. The outer walls of Jordi and Àfrica’s House provide large windows which open up onto the street and there are also large interior windows between the rooms.
Jordi and Àfrica’s House integrates in its environment through a careful reiteration of materials and building methods
The material used for the walls in Jordi and Àfrica’s House play a key role in the construction process of the design. All the load bearing walls are built from marés, a local sandstone that had already existed on the plot. It was decided that the marés would be reused for the façade along with new pieces from same local marés quarry. Their texture would define the house’s overall character and atmosphere.