shift house


LOCATION: Minorca, Spain

CLIENT: Private

PROGRAM: Single-family house

SIZE: 280 m²

STATUS: Completed

TEAM: Alicia Casals, Karl Johan Nyqvist, Jennifer Méndez, Blanca Algarra

PHOTOGRAPHER: Joan Guillamat



This Spanish vacation home is composed by simple rectangle volumes shifted in plan to create a dynamic aesthetic despite the limited space of the plot. Fluted concrete walls sliced by continuous window openings define this villa as a combination of horizontal stripes alternating solid and glass. The heaviness of the grooved concrete block used in the façade generates a gravity tension with the 360º surrounding glazed bands. The day area opens up to an elevated terrace that extends into a spill-over pool, all located on the top floor in order to guarantee the best sea views. Continuous windows ensure views in all directions and plenty of natural light. A sunken patio was introduced in the basement to bring abundant light and ventilation to all three storeys. Finally, an outer stair leads to a roof top solarium that unveils panoramic views on the Mediterranean.

Roughly-polished white concrete flooring and travertine steps combine with simple white walls and khaki-beige micro-cement in bathrooms and kitchen. Built-in storage such as wardrobes and bathroom furniture were designed by NOMO STUDIO featuring artisanal ratan and light pine wood carpentry. Bright wooden details such as massive handrails and deep integrated doorsteps bring warmth to the beach-like airy interiors. In contrast, the exteriors feature darker wattle ceilings and teak carpentry providing the villa with a sense of sober elegance and quality in its materials.