Villa Valldoreix

Mangera Yvars, Barcelona, 2006


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Garden merging into roof  

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  • Garden merging into roof     
  • Exterior view    
  • Cantilevered lounge area    
  • Ground floor entrance    
  • Jatoba wood surfaces    
  • Pigmented concrete black flooring    
  • Interior corridor    
  • Interior ceiling    
  • Interior window and ceiling    
  • Plan at first floor showing pavilions    
  • Cross section     
  • Cross section    
  • Axonometric    
  • Garden to roof transition area under construction    
  • Cantilevered lounge area under construction    
  • Under construction, contrast between floors    
  • Second floor under construction    

Residential villa outside Barcelona, Spain

The exterior is defined by translucent polycarbonate walls, whilst the interior is minimalist and subtle: materials include red-brown Jatoba wood in the kitchen, black pigmented concrete flooring in the lounge; the staircase is presented more as a sculpted piece of furniture than a route between floors.

The garden extends into a grassy green roof which also practically functions keeping the temperature cool and even throughout the seasons.

Contrast is intended between the ground and first floors, by a series of unaligned columns and a cantilevered lounge area.

Steel square hollow sections have replaced the monoloithic concrete structure of the initial plan, and the outer walls are composed of clay brick: a typical, cost-effective system for a Spanish villa.


  • Begun: 2004
  • Completed: 2006
  • Floor area: 1,000m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £259,000
  • Tender date: 2003
  • Procurement: Spanish building work contract
  • Address: Villa Valldoreix, St Cugat del Vallès, Valldoreix, Barcelona, 08197, Spain

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