Picornell House

Located on a south-facing slope 10km
from the centre of Palma, this family
home addresses the challenge of making
architecture that celebrates the contours
of the landscape, while affording optimal
and — critically, in a climate such as this
— controllable light penetration. The house
presents a single storey to the street,
with a second floor to the seaward side.
Walls are of the thickness required for
optimal cooling in summer and insulation
in winter, with natural cooling and
ventilation supported by a sculptural,
funnel-like courtyard within the floor plan.
Projecting out into the garden, the pool
underscores the dramatic attenuation of
the site.

Project Architect
Guy Dickinson

Photography
Gilbert McCarragher