Christian Bourdais and Eva Albarran represent the meeting of two worlds that you might think are opposites. The developer and the art producer are, however, coming together to create a fine blend of architecture, art and real estate.
Against a 100-hectare natural backdrop of the majestic “Los Puertos de Beceite” natural park of the region of Matarrana in Spain, Solo Houses is a skillful blend of architecture, works of art and landscape paths designed especially for the site. Standing as the first collection of architecture in Europe, Solo Houses invites holidaymakers and visitors to take on an immersive artistic and architecture journey by staying at the Solo Hotel – the centerpiece of the Solo community and catalyst for all activities on the site – designed by the Chilean architect Smiljan Radic or one of the outstanding villas brilliantly thought by a New Garde of International young architects. Designed for both an individual and collective experience, Solo Houses favours the idea of a unique architectural experience combined with exclusive cultural activities covering art, cinema, nature, sport and cuisine, such as a site-specific landscape designed by Bas Smets and a cultural program curated by Hans Ulrich-Obrist for example.
As Solo Houses has not yet reach its definitive form, the on-going project currently welcomes two beautiful bespoke holiday homes designed by Pezo Von Ellrischausen and Office KGDVS out of the fifteen homes and one hotel planned to be built along the Solo journey.
Alone or in a group, with family or friends, Solo Houses is an unusual, stimulating and thought-provoking destination. Solo Houses is where architecture is experienced.
Meet the three pillars of Solo Houses
In seeking to emphasize as much as possible the natural beauty of the site, the architecture studio Office KGDVS has created a house without limits with regard to the surrounding nature – a living area with the landscape running though it and a comfortable space built on the plateau that shelters it so that it almost disappears. The circular house provides a covered trail between the nature reserve and the interior patio. Four sets of posts support the roof and separate the rooms and living areas.
The façades can be fully opened to remove the border between inside outside. The patio, at the heart of the property, is partly taken up by a lake created for the comfort of residents.
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It is a terrific viewpoint over the nature reserve that has just been completed by Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen. Designed as a platform that gives its occupants the sensation of floating on air, the house is made entirely of concrete and its design is perfectly symmetrical and homothetic. A patio with a swimming pool – a return to Mediterranean architecture where the search for coolness and shade is a necessity – occupies the centre of this house, perfect for sharing good times. All the rooms open to the outside through large bay windows that can be fully retracted so that the spaces become full-fledged patios.