located in the village of gaüses in alt empordà, spain, OAB – office of architecture in barcelona has built a private residence for industrial designer/surrealist artist pete sans, and painter/mural artist regina saura. the house has been designed to reflect the owners’ aesthetic and creative approach, with the decoration featuring many of the couple’s creations.

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all images by joan guillamat, OAB



determined by the topographical orientation and concern for privacy, the dwelling by OAB is articulated as a set of 12.5 x 5 metre pavilions interspersed with voids or courtyards. the programme is organised in the pavilions, while the voids provide access and allow cross-ventilation, as well as sufficient lighting to enter within the interiors.

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the architects have essentially created a simple building, efficient thanks to the insulation, with its construction expressed in the materiality of its finishes. the inclined concrete ceilings and steel semi-beams, ceramic tongue and groove that receives the insulation, and arab roof tiles, are complemented with white stuccoed walls and polished concrete floors.

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outside, there is a garden with lush native vegetation, as an extension of the local landscape. in addition, there is a small swimming pool and a movable pergola designed by pete sans. ultimately, the construction – an uncomplicated, austere building which has cost very little (less than €1,000/m2) – has allowed its inhabitants to find a way of personalising the new house, in order to make it theirs.

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over the years, pete sans has created an extensive collection of sculptures which have found their place in the new residence. these art pieces include the cat-bench which is placed on the porch, the grasshopper on the patio and the metal spiders by the swimming pool. in addition, a lot of regina saura’s paintings can be found within the interior, but she has also left her mark on the most visible exterior facade, with a naturalist mural motif acting as a signature.

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project info:


name: regina house
architecture office: OAB – office of architecture in barcelona 
lead architect: carlos ferrater
location: gaüses, spain




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edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom