cala d'or house in mallorca by flexo arquitectura cala d'or house in mallorca by flexo arquitectura
feb 26, 2013

cala d'or house in mallorca by flexo arquitectura

‘cala d’or house’ by flexo arquitectura, cala d’or, mallorca, spainimage © josé hevia



barcelona- based flexo arquitectura has created an architecture that accommodates the dichotomies of summer and winter. the design for a private home in the touristic seafront region of cala d’or sits atop a dramatic slope and opens to beach views and garden patios. in keeping with the aesthetics of the region, a compact white volume is pierced by four programmed terraces. the voids provide cross ventilation and optimal sun exposure in addition to specific spaces for playgrounds, greenery, lounging and breezeways. the basement floor contains the living area and outdoor kitchen facility as well as a series of ‘summer rooms’ linked to the pool. the first and second floors are ascribed the ‘winter house’, for they are linked by indoor staircases and organized around a large bay balcony wrapped in a bamboo skin. the portico allows wide-spanning views over the harbour while providing privacy from the neighboring property. a simple slab-on-grade construction belies the ease and elegance of the dual programs woven together by careful circulation.



the volume of ‘winter house’ hovers over the outdoor rooms of ‘summer house’ image © josé hevia



(left): the entrance stair slopes down into the heart of the outdoor patios and kitchen(right): a bamboo-covered portico covers a ribbon of circulation to the open-air living spaces image © josé hevia



the nexus of the dual programs is in expertly employed circulation image © josé hevia



materials and color reflect light and respect the vernacular image © josé hevia



despite being the enclosed hibernal part of the house, the other levels use  honest materials and visually light architectonics image © josé hevia



interior views show clear and favorable lines of sight image © josé hevia



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floor plan level 1






site and massing diagram


project info:


architects: flexo arquitectura (tomeu ramis, aixa del rey, bárbara vich) location: cala d’or mallorca built area: 275 m2 collaborators: belén torres, cristina oliver

  • I love the use of Bamboo. Good thinking.


    JimCan says:
  • I really like the blue kitchen, the terrace space with the filtered light through the bamboo, and the void to the back of the living space to give you light from 3 sides, really nice touches. It is a pity they did not put slatted timber or more bamboo to the fit under the terrace, think the way the concrete breaks the composition is unfortunate.

    morgan says:

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