Imagine the moment when French developer Christian Bourdais Casa Pezo invited an array of 12 international architects to design dream vacation homes, with no constraints except budget, on a 50-hectare nature reserve about two hours south of Barcelona. The Solo Houses series is an astounding collection of the art of living, a gallery space for modern architecture, in the Spanish canton of Matarraña.
Designed by Chilean Architects Maurizio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen of Pezo Von Ellrichshausen, Casa Pezo is a concrete house developed on the principles of "symmetry and homothety", with an evenly proportioned building centred around a courtyard and swimming pool.
A chunky central column at ground level accommodates the house entrance with two symmetrical staircases and it contains the swimming pool; moreover, the column raises the main living of the house by two storeys, which appear to be floating over and watches over the breathtaking estate.
Traditional Mediterranean courtyard residences played an influential role in the design and development of the Casa Pezo layout and plan proportion, the architects revealed.
This is the first completed project of the Solo Houses series.