A visionary model of contemporary Minimalist house architecture, ‘Moliner House’ is a shining white example.
The influential architect Alberto Campo Baeza was commissioned to construct the perfect home for a poet. He embraced the project with passionate enthusiasm and Moliner House was the outcome. Campo Baeza described his ambitions for this project as, “To build a house for a poet. To make a house for dreaming, living and dying. A house in which to read, to write”
This paradigm of Minimalist house architecture was conceived using the abstract notions that, different architectural zones in this house relate most naturally to different human activities, mental states and even stages of life. For example in his poetic interpretation of Minimalist house architecture, Campo Baeza located a spacious light flooded library on the upper floor of this home, stating that this was the area designed for the poet to dream as if in the clouds and that therefore this is the place for “ for reading and writing, thinking and feeling”. Intelligently the illumination for this lofty ‘dreaming’ zone comes from the north so the area remains comfortable for working in.
In keeping with the best examples of Minimalist house architecture, the main construction of this is a simple ‘box like’ structure made from brilliant white concrete. Similar to the concept of an atrium, this innovative arrangement remains dramatically open to the sky, “like a nude, metaphysical garden, with concrete walls and floor”. So, the garden area of this house was created behind high walls for the future growth of luscious leafy foliate plants and trees that would provide a beautiful space for living and absorbing the warmth provide by the energizing and life giving, Spanish sunshine. The interior living space ‘floats’ at the center of the garden like “a box filled with the translucent light of the north”. The use of transparent glass walls creates the illusion of a living area with no barriers between interior and exterior. This is another way in which Minimalist house architecture will enhance the lifestyle of the artistic occupant, by enabling them to experience the beauty and tranquility of the garden all year round whether inside or outside. Clearly, this is not shown in the photographs but only a small amount of imagination can help you to visualize how this home will look once the garden planting have been established.
So, continuing our metaphysical journey through this desirable example of Minimalist house architecture, we come to the lowest levels. Alberto Campo Baeza imagined this place lyrically as a cave, a secure and private space, away from the world, and therefore, the most suitable place “…..for sleeping, perhaps dying….” Luxurious bedrooms are sited in the deepest level of the remarkable house designed for a poet. Moliner House embodies a truly visionary application of the fundamental principles of Minimalist house architecture.
Architect: Alberto Campo Baeza
Photographs: Javier Callejas