focusing on the style of the ibizan country house, carles faus arquitectura has designed the ‘carmen house‘ within the city of dénia, in spain. the valència-based practice has used simple clear lines, controlled light and white color as starting strokes, in order to divert the attention from the surrounding environment to the spacious, bright interior. 

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all images by mariela apollonio



carles faus arquitectura has followed a rectilinear form, without too many deviations from the main axes of the house. the overall design has been influenced by the path of light that brigthens the space throughout the day. upon entering, visitors face a large opening that overlooks the pool, and the dénia castle on a more diffuse plane. this window, which blurs the boundary between the interior – exterior relationship, is followed by a covered porch of the same dimensions, allowing the residents to sit outside even on hot days when sunlight is intense. 

carmen house 2



access to to the interior is made through a side entrance, located on the north facade, that opens the double height main living area. this is the largest zone in the house, and it opens to the porch, providing sufficient lightinh to the whole house. one of the main elements of the project has been the white colour that has been used from beginning to end, as a generator and driver of light. white lime has been chosen for the exterior vertical facades, which when reaching the building base, meet the same traceability and linearity when of white microcement. the project could be translated as a large white canvas with color continuity and texture variation. 

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project info:


name: carmen house

architecture office: carles faus arquitectura

architect in charge: carles faus borràs

collaborating architects: anaís penáguila, maría aloy

location: dénia, alicante, spain

area: 189.65 m2




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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom