HOWA House is a modern design villa in Begur, rising upon one of the best known little beaches on the Spanish Costa Brava, Sa Riera Beach, on a very steep piece of land.
Due to combination of orientation and orography of plot not being particularly in favor for the resolution of the task comissioned, the final volume achieved ends up resembling the shape of a gun embedded in the ground.
Since the beginning it was clear that this luxury villa in Begur, so high on the hill should overlook the bay instead of the valley. It´s 21 meter long window overlooking the bay should ensure the feeling of gazing at nature from a sky high mezzanine.
All materials used were chosen from a long term durability consideration. More than that, the building should be able to beautify as it ages through the pátina concrete, wood and stone will be showing as they age.
The fact that concrete was used both as structure and finish material allowed us to reduce the number of pillars to the minimum necessary. Then we would use interior design tricks, and would play with the wooden box and the stone wall to hide those ones we could not remove, so that the whole space would look clean and clear from structure elements.
Evening looks were very important for us and the client. Such modern, upmarket home should show completely open, right as a theater stage where one could see life happening. So the whole space idea was relying on the very deeply studied lightning proposal. Downlights and LED stripe set along the window gap definitely help achieve our intentions.
Outdoor set LED stripes along the building also create the effect of construction being lifted up from the green surface created by oleanders and lavandas surrounding it. Such effect makes it an interesting contradiction, between the heavy, embedded construction daylight, and the light, open and floating element shining in the dark during night hours.