La Floresta in Sant Cugat is a garden city surrounded by the Collserola Natural Park which borders the city of Barcelona to the north. The project is located on one of the limits of the urbanized part, acting as a hinge between it and the forest area. It can be accessed by two roads on both sides of the plot, which end right at its limits in the form of a cul de sac. Therefore, the house will in the future be permanently surrounded by a Natural Park, so its situation is particularly privileged.
On the plot, wide and with a steep slope, there is a cover at the level of the upper road, in the form of a large planter, which incorporates the spontaneous vegetation of the park itself, as an extension of it. A respectful and sensitive proposal, as a revelation of the place, with an architecture understood as an extension of the landscape itself, dissolved in nature, silent, almost non-existent. The house is not visible from the upper street, it disappears. The recognition of its parts does not want to be obvious, they are shown to us subtly, so that the experience of access at all times will be unique and intense. The entrance ritual suggests what could happen. Every corner is thought out in detail to move. The materials are chosen for their expressive potential and for their ability to transform with the light and to enhance all our senses.
The access patio that houses the central concrete staircase that connects all the floors is full of vegetation that hangs from the roof and the intermediate planters, all the while filtering the light.
Two materials are mainly used. The concrete, with a tonality achieved with aggregates from the plot itself and a texture designed specifically for this project that is combined with oak, for the interior finishes. This, with its warmth, appears kind to us and softens the feeling of coldness that concrete could produce.
Time becomes a project material. The choice of these materials is based on their ability to beautify as they age.
An intimate habitat is created, a personal space in which the experience is intense and memorable.
Regarding the interior layout, the most intimate part of the house is located on the top floor and the day area on the middle floor, all of it diaphanous and open to the landscape. The place is unbeatable and despite the large openings, it allows you to achieve intimacy in all its spaces, with the constant presence of the forest. The lower floor, semi-underground, houses the leisure spaces, delimited by local licorella rock and concrete walls, subtly lit by a large opening to the pool.
The boundaries between the interior and the exterior are blurred, due to the feeling of transparency from the large glazing and the fact that the exterior vegetation colonizes the interior spaces.
However, a unique and genuine project, a few minutes from Barcelona city center and where beauty and the feeling of well-being in intimate contact with nature are its main values.