WIIK House Estepona, Contemporary Costa del Sol home, Southern Spanish residence, Mediterranean building photos
WIIK House in Estepona, Costa del Sol
21 Aug 2023
Design: DTR_studio architects
Location: Estepona, Spain, Costa del Sol, southern Spain
Photos by Juanan Barros
WIIK House, Spain
DTR_studio architects presents WIIK House, a residential project in Estepona, Spain. The firm was first contacted by the Wiik family in 2017, with the sole reference of having seen their work published on the Internet. They asked the firm to find a plot in Estepona’s downtown district, where the family, based in Oslo, Norway, could build a second residence where they could spend long seasons on the Costa del Sol. The collaboration was based on a mutual understanding of architecture and life, and the client invested their trust in the firm.
The firm found a u-shaped plot, leaving an existing house in the middle, and forming two independent facades facing the same street. That configuration allowed the architects to divide the housing program into two well-differentiated units: the main house on one side, and a guest apartment on the other. The street to which both facades open is of little interest, so the proposed facades integrate into the environment, without standing out, providing prominence to the interior.
The project is organized around the interior patios and the roof, inspired by Arab architecture that needs to be lived, inhabited, and walked in. The use of light, water, and vegetation will be tools that give meaning to the project. The axes of the intervention will blur the limits between the inside and the outside, take advantage of the mild Costa del Sol climate, and reaffirm a commitment to Mediterranean vernacular architecture.
A variety of different strategies will be implemented to incorporate natural light: patios, stairs-skylights, double heights, and more. The architects believe that any excuse is a good one to tame light and turn it into the true protagonist of the project. Depending on the orientation, the house will break down to enable the passage of sunlight.
The project’s materiality tries to use “sincere finishes”: polished concrete floors provide continuity to all areas, wood paneling takes advantage of large storage lines, terracotta injects a differentiating element, and the ceiling adds a fifth façade.
WIIK House in Estepona, Costa del Sol – Property Information
Design: DTR_studio architects – https://dtr-studio.es/
Completion Year: 2022
Gross Built Area: (m2/ ft2): 534 sqm
Project Location: Estepona (Málaga)
Program / Use / Building Function: Terraced house
Lead Architects: Jose Maria Olmedo / Jose Miguel Vázquez
Lead Architects e-mail: [email protected]
Collaborator architects: Pablo Olmedo / Ruben Muñoz
Photo Credits: Juanan Barros
Photographer’s Website: juananbarrosarquitectura.com
Photographer’s e-mail: [email protected]
About DTR_studio architects
DTR_studio architects is an architecture studio that helps self-developers, developers, and investors to carry out their residential, corporate, equipment, and retail architecture projects. The firm has been awarded for the originality of its work, and for the quality of its customer service. The firm innovates through its understanding of versatility, timelessness, and comfort.
The ethical principles that govern the firm’s business development are:
•Transparency and honesty
•Creativity and innovation
•Respect for family life
•Excellence at work
•Total commitment to clients
DTR_studio architects has been working on quality architecture since 2003, providing projects with the utmost dedication, and making each work a commitment to quality and continuous improvement. The firm is committed to new ways of understanding the profession and construction, adapting its processes to customer requirements.
The firm also embraces a clear commitment to the inclusion of prefabrication in the construction process, both in the implementation of elements and materials that speed up the commissioning, and in the implementation and prescription of prefabricated architectural solutions that provide the building with better quality standards.
Photography: Juanan Barros
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