In the last decade a process of transformation of the Mediterranean coast is being carried out, no longer with new constructions as decades ago but by transformations of existing single-family houses. The example is located in Santa Ponsa, on the island of Mallorca (Spain).

Studio Name: Rubens Cortes Arquitectos

Design Team:
Architect/ Rubens Cortes Cano
Collaborators/ Raul Melguizo, Antonio Delgado

Area: 250m2
Year: 2021
Location: Mallorca (Spain)

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The constructive system frequently used was the most economical. The constructors took advantage of the high resistance of the ground to directly lift on a small foundation the brick enclosure – without pillars – to support the floor framing.

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Only in the areas of the house where there were two or more levels were reinforced concrete pillars used. The construction system greatly limited both the geometry and the dimensions of the spaces.

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Cabrera bis is an investigation into a freer, dynamic and nature-related architecture. The project is inspired by the sculptures of the Spanish artist Eduardo Chillida – who studied some years of architecture prior to his artistic training.

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