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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
name: Regina house; Architecture office: OAB – office of architecture in Barcelona; Lead architect: Carlos Ferrater; Location: Gaüses, Spain;