OAB architect Carlos Ferrater has built a minimalistic single-family home in Alcanar, Spain for his photographer brother, José Manuel Ferrater. Pinched between farmland and other residents, the house sits on the far end of a thin strip of land that grazes the Balearic Sea.
A long path of staggered palm trees leads up to the three opaque pieces that compose the house. One structure is designed for entertaining by housing living, dining, and kitchen room areas. Another structure is dedicated to a master bedroom, while the final piece serves as an artist’s studio and spare bedroom. This block arrangement reflects the cubist influence of another famous Spaniard, Pablo Picasso, seen in the sharp angles that collide to guide your view through each crevice. The composition is balanced with fluid, open spaces that wind between and around the three structures.