SOLO HOUSE OFFICE KGDVS - Cretas, Aragon, Spain

SOLO HOUSE OFFICE KGDVS - Cretas, Aragon, Spain


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3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms
From €650/night

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Scattered across the mountainous region of Matarraña, 2 hrs south of Barcelona, Solo Houses are the brainchild of French developer Christian Bourdais. The project asks a new wave of young international architects to populate the landscape with small resort-style dwellings. Following Solo House Pezo von Ellrichshausen, which was built in 2013, Belgian Office KGDVS recently completed the second Solo House. 

Per the architects:  “The house frames the top of a plateau, overlooking the surrounding forests and dramatic landscape. Since the scenery is so impressive, we felt architecture should be invisible, merely emphasizing the natural qualities of the surroundings. A simple circular roof with a diameter of 45 meters underlines the qualities of both the plateau and its edge. The roof functions as a shelter, and forms the perimeter of the inhabited surface. It is supported by four straight rows of eight columns, which cut chords from the circular base shape. Only these four areas are inhabited, with variable levels of protection. Large stretches of curtain facade slide on the outer edge of the circle, allowing the living areas to fully open, and provide a maximum relationship between the dweller and the surrounding nature. Since the terrain is not connected to any services, the house is completely self-dependent. Photovoltaic panels provide thermic and electrical energy, which are stocked in buffer tanks. Water is claimed on the site itself, and purified after use. Each of the devices are placed as abstract objects on the roof.”



The “Solo House” concept. We want to cocoon ourselves in this incredible house located off the beaten track and stare at the landscape for weeks.  Thanks to Christian Bourdais for his unique “Solo” vision!

360 degree views.  The circular plan with open exterior allows for panoramic views of the surrounding forest and mountains. Extraordinary.

Invisible architecture.  Since the scenery was so impressive, the architects wanted the building to “disappear” in deference to nature. The solar panels, water tank and purification system (all on the roof) are the only objects that significantly stand out. 

The location. The Matarraña region, with its medieval villages, waterfalls, olive and almond trees and vineyards, is also known as Spanish Tuscany. It offers many opportunities for outdoor activities. Barcelona is a short 2-hour drive away.