duendepr.com news Second Solo Houses villa by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen / Open to the public and tour of the project site from 9th to 11th October

Second Solo Houses villa by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen / Open to the public and tour of the project site from 9th to 11th October

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To reinvent the vacation home, completely review the conventions of a second home, starting off literally with virgin territory, a vast wilderness in the Matarranya region, 200 km south of Barcelona, and figuratively, with this new generation updating the history of architecture daily,’ is the intention of Christian Bourdais, developer of Solo Houses. Clearly demonstrated by the second, Solo Office, currently under construction in time for the end of 2014 by Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen: a ring-shaped roof that is as thin as possible, simply flooded by the light and landscape in a unique experiment with the surroundings. 

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‘In SOLO OFFICE our aim was to see how far you can diverge from the preconceived idea of a ‘house’ and still create a comfortable place to live in; to produce a house that virtually disappears into its environment. The chosen context was ideal for this endeavour, as it is extraordinary and imposing. 

The very idea of inhabiting the site seems to us an exercise in creating a ‘house’ that is as little house-like as possible, to live in tune with the splendour of the natural environment, without constraints or boundaries between the ‘house’ and the surrounding nature,’ summarise the founding duo of the Belgian agency Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen.

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The Solo Houses collection of vacation homes, launched in 2011 by Christian Bourdais, has been enhanced by its second unique home. “Solo Office is a rare project that exceeds the customary framework of a holiday home, it symbolises the extraordinary dimension of the carte blanche given to emerging radical global architectural firms” explains Christian Bourdais. The young French developer and curator signed the contract for this collection’s first opus with the duo Maurizio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen to design Solo Pezo (photo above), “a sculptural, unified and monolithic structure, based on a concealed podium. The collection is unique. Positioning the architect as financial backer reverses traditional roles. He designs the ideal home and then it’s up to me to find its rightful owner.  It’s a way of designing and selling architecture like contemporary art. However, the prices are not and will not be extortionate. The collection will comprise a dozen houses that will not exceed 1.5 million euros” ” summarises Christian Bourdais. An architectural approach at odds that reconciles radicalism and comfort for the new owners since Solo provides a daily wrap-around service: maintenance of machines and swimming pool; preparation of the house; catering…For holidays providing the standard of a hotel or almost, but with the added pleasure of living at home.

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Japanese Sou Fujimoto, French Didier Faustino, American Johnston Marklee and shortly Mexican Tatiana Bilbao and the Italian duo Barozzi Veiga, Solo Houses adds to and embeds the history of contemporary architecture in the Spanish landscape by proposing a unique architectural experiment. But then what? “Carte blanche on various scales constantly attaining the same high quality. Contemporary architecture still has little presence despite there being no lack of means to publicise it...” declares the 40-something French guy.

Open to the public and Solo House site visit

9/10/11 October 2014

Appointments: ARCHITECTURE DE COLLECTION   +33 1 53 00 97 44

SOLO HOUSES christian.bourdais@solo-houses.com

www.solo-houses.com