Design by Marià Castelló, arquitecte
Small but perfectly formed, this lovely modern beach house is situated on an unspoiled plot of land on the Spanish island of Formentera. It is in an idyllic position with uninterrupted views out to the deep blue ocean.
This simple construction is greatly enhanced by the inclusion of a fantastic slatted screen canopy. This is a practical feature but also positioned to create striking shifting patterns of light and shadow on the patio area and adjacent wall. The effect is subtly atmospheric, and is all the ornamentation the small beach house needs. Totally minimalist in concept and design, the function of the beach house dictates its form. Nothing else needs to be added and nothing should be taken away.
The modern beach house is constructed on the site of an older building. The surroundings are natural and pleasantly undeveloped. Apart from two huge pine trees next to the beach house there is no other specific planting associated with this plot. The impact of the tall tree next to the isolated geometric volume of the small beach house is profoundly attractive. Although the spot isn’t particularly secluded, having neighbors in the immediate vicinity, it suggests a place of quiet retreat and relaxation. Indeed it was built for a teacher who needed ‘time out’ from the pressures of a busy classroom.
The floor plan of the beach house was constrained by the boundaries of the original building, so the architects had to make creative use of the limited space to ensure that it met the needs of the owner. The open plan living room takes up the most space. This extends out to the open patio area through sliding glass doors, providing flexibility of function between inside and outside living. This area contains seating and dining spaces and sliding screen walls open on to the compact but practical kitchen. The private rooms, such as the bedroom bathroom and study area are, more secluded and tucked away but still have lovely views of outside. The interior design of the modern beach house is predominantly white to maximize the impression of light and space. The floors are solid polished limestone which adds a luxurious sleek finish to the holiday retreat. Furnishings including the bed are largely ‘built in’ using a warm mid tone timber. The bathroom features polished metal in contrast to the more traditional materials of stone and wood. Although created on a tight budget the overall effect is elegant and stylish.
The biggest asset of this delightful small beach house is its location and glorious sea views. These can also be enjoyed from a flat section of the roof which has been reinforced for just this purpose.