This house represents a new transformation of an existing architecture, another tuning.
Like on the American TV programme about cosmetic surgery, ‘Extreme makeover’, we updated the house primarily according to phenomenological and climatic aspects, developing new qualities. Its inside-outside relationship allows the user to enjoy the sea, the sun and the landscape. Architecture is used as an interface, instead of as a defensive system.
The house is now of a high architectural and structural standard. Its layout, building systems and materials had been outdated and the house faced nowhere, had not decided where to look yet. Its south façade was demolished to open up a view of the landscape.
An energetic façade, made from a thick rope weave over a network of fibreglass pipes, links three gardens, from the entrance level to the roof. This new material composition functions as a thermal regulator and acoustic absorber, interacting with the kaleidoscopic courtyard and the endless green handcrafted floor tiles with a luminescent effect.
The new and ambiguous architectural elements evoke the phenomenology of the Mediterranean Sea and its culture. Now a radical change has taken place and the house cannot stop looking out towards the surroundings.