Can Manuel: Marià Castelló's latest project in Formentera

Simple and traditional volumes in close relationship with the previously existing one

by Malcolm Clark
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Can Manuel d’en Corda is the latest work of the architect Marià Castelló Martínez with Daniel Redolat Puget. The house, located on a plot of 19,000 square meters in the eastern area of the Spanish island of Formentera, has maintained and enhanced the pre-existing house that responds to the typical pattern of local domestic architecture of the eighteenth century and a small pine forest.

The simple main body with double pitched roof and south-east orientation as well as its integration into the landscape using traditional dry stone walls, highlight the link between this type of construction and the farms in the surrounding areas.

The new volume stood on the previously existing one so as not to detract from it and so that its presence is perceived as little as possible in the environment, adapting to the topography and creating terraced areas. In the original house, the living area (living room, dining room, kitchen and terraces) has remained, while the extension has concerned the bedrooms and the services (laundry, cellar, pantry, etc ...) and technical areas.

The work has been carried out using local and traditional materials like stone and lime; on the ground floor the interior and exterior floors are concrete and the wooden parts are made of iroko wood outside and waterproof MDF painted white inside.

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    Can Manuel d’en Corda

    Formentera / Spain / 2012