Solo Houses, Spain

Build­ing the fu­ture, this ini­tia­tive cre­ates hol­i­day homes that push the bound­aries of de­sign

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Build­ing the fu­ture, this ini­tia­tive cre­ates truly in­no­va­tive hol­i­day homes

Set within the wild, rocky ter­rain of Spain’s Matar­raña re­gion in east­ern Aragon, a col­lec­tion of 12 hol­i­day homes, de­signed by an in­cred­i­ble ros­ter of in­ter­na­tional ar­chi­tects, is be­ing built. Set up in 2010 by French de­vel­oper Chris­tian Bour­dais, the Solo Houses ini­tia­tive is in­spired by the iconic Case Study Houses move­ment, which de­vel­oped in Amer­i­can res­i­den­tial ar­chi­tec­ture dur­ing the 1940s, 50s and 60s, with the likes of Richard Neu­tra, Eero Saari­nen and Charles and Ray Eames cre­at­ing unique mod­ern houses. Gift­ing its own ar­chi­tects free rein to de­sign what­ever they please, Solo Houses – like the Case Study Houses of the past – are an op­por­tu­nity to push the bound­aries of peo­ple’s ex­pec­ta­tions.

The first house, the ‘Right-an­gled Mush­room’(above), which was com­pleted in 2013 by Chilean cou­ple Mauri­cio Pezo and Sofia von Ell­richshausen, is a beau­ti­ful can­tilevered con­crete abode with an open-air in­ter­nal pool. The sec­ond, ‘Cir­cu­lar House’ ( be­low) by the Brus­sels prac­tice Of­fice Ker­sten Geers David Van Sev­eren, was com­pleted just last year and cam­ou­flages it­self in the sur­round­ing land­scape us­ing a se­ries of clever screens and re­flec­tive ma­te­ri­als.

The next set of houses, due for com­ple­tion in 2020, is set to be equally in­spir­ing. Span­ish ar­chi­tec­ture firm Barozzi Veiga has en­vi­sioned an Acrop­o­lis-like scheme with dra­matic con­crete tri­an­gu­lar col­umns, while Ja­pa­nese ar­chi­tect Go Hasegawa plans to pro­duce a play­ful con­crete bunker of a home set into the side of a moun­tain, of­fer­ing stun­ning views and a cave-like infinity pool. Sup­port pro­gres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture by book­ing a stay in one of the Solo Houses, from £450 a night (

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