Perched on a plateau above a steeply sloping site on The Costa Brava in northeastern Catalonia, the house is surrounded by pine trees and commands panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea.
The approach to the house is dominated by brise-soliel screens. A single aperture with a sandblasted timber door opens to the interior and a framed view of the coast beyond. The design celebrates the afforded vista through a singular horizontal opening the length of the house. This volume comprises a deep canopy providing shade and linking the living and sleeping quarters into one form. Deep punctures in the canopy provide a play of light and shadow as the sun tracks across the sky throughout the day. Full height glazed doors the living wing stack back, allowing for a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors. An expansive terrace leads to an infinity-edge pool and views to the Mediterranean beyond. Rendered walls, monolithic white floors, and raw oak joinery form a restrained palette that amplifies the intensity of the coastal setting.
Mathieson Architects is a Sydney-based architectural design studio. Design Director Phillip Mathieson leads an approach to design that is grounded in Modernist principles of authentic, timeless design and planning rigor. Central to this philosophy is a strong sense of scale, form and material, and an emphasis on finely detailed spaces built to outlast changing fashions. Mathieson Architects was awarded at the Australian Institute of Architects ACT Awards 2019 for Residential Architecture – Houses (New) and at the Asia Pacific Property Awards 2013 and 2017 for Best Architecture Single Residence Australia. In 2019 the studio was awarded The Robert Foster Award for Light in Architecture.
Costa Brava House
Location: Costa Brava, Spain
Photography by Romello Pereira with courtesy of Mathieson Architects