When first approached to consult on CASA MAR, the clients had been presented with an opportunity to build a prefabricated house but were undecided as they had not been impressed with others that they had seen. After several visits and discussions, the decision was taken to follow a conventional build – which was commissioned to Jaime Salvà.
The house is of generous proportions, including a full footprint basement and the plot has been used to the maximum which made the structure a particular challenge. We used specialized shuttering solutions which could be moved into place manually, therefore the need for cranes and other machinery was unnecessary.
CASA MAR ARCHITECTURE
The property design brief was for a house which would allow working from home in comfortable, calm, clean and modern surroundings. This was achieved by creating spaces that flow without obstructions right from the moment you walk in – to the rear part of the house where the glazing can be fully opened creating a meeting of interior and exterior.
CASA MAR INTERIOR DESIGN
When we were asked to consult on the interior design, we bought in one of our specialists to advise on color schemes to be used throughout the house. It was of utmost importance to the client that the different elements flowed and created a harmonious feeling throughout as opposed to separate themes.
This was created by using tiles from Porcelanosa and other local suppliers, which were bought to life by several Farrow and Ball color schemes. Without a doubt a centerpiece for this house is the striking minimalist Black steel and Oak staircase. Selective use of built-in low-level lighting enhances the character of this space whilst tasteful art catches the eye.
Communication with the client was of great importance as the house took on new direction from time to time to meet changing needs. This was handled by our project management service, which meant scheduling distance meetings when convenient to the client. As career individuals creating the least stress possible for them was high on our list, a relationship developed to the point where we were often asked to make critical decisions when needed in their absence.
Photography by Ana Lui