Solo Houses, Spain
Building the future, this initiative creates holiday homes that push the boundaries of design
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 (solo-houses.com).