I hereby present you the perfect holiday destination for concrete-lovers: Casa Baladrar in Benissa, on the rocky coast of Alicante, Spain. It probably could be just the perfect summer hideout for almost anyone on this planet, but the architects made sure it goes right to the bucket list of those who ever felt a warm flush by seeing a concrete structure.
The architects of Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos drew inspiration from the geographical context: a mountainous coast with extensive greenery, where both seasonal tourists and long-term residents go to wash the problems of the real world away. The once agricultural, terraced slopes are facing the sun and the sea, providing a perfect background for the lazily sprawling summer houses of the neighbourhood.
This resort-like lifestyle and the clean architectural lines inspired the photographer Luis Diaz Diaz, who decided to take a less common approach on architectural representation. He pictured the house as a crime scene rather than a holiday destination – although these two things are not necesserily so far from each other. The inanimate limbs and bodies turning up on the photos make sure you will remember Casa Baladrar.
If the impressive raw concrete roof structure hasn’t done the job already.
The two-storey house is able to accomodate multiple families in the summer, thanks to the five bedrooms on the ground floor. The upper floor offers a flowing space for daytime activities with an open plan and a kitchen in the centre. The huge windows can be easily slid to the side, so the breeze can flow through, and the living area can turn into a semi-open porch. This way the adjoining terraces serve as the extension of the inside.
Along with the faceted raw concrete ceilings of the living area, the most cherishable elements of Casa Baladrar must be the patterns:
the perforated mint green metal shutters with the matching glass tiles dominate the lower wall. Their airyness makes the massive concrete roof look as if it is floating on thin air. Or rather water, just like the rugged Alicante coast stretches along the Mediterranean Sea.
I strongly recommend taking a closer look on the architectural drawings made by Langarita-Navarro Arquitectos:
Project: Casa Baladrar
Location: Benissa, Alicante
Architects: María Langarita and Víctor Navarro
Collaborators: Roberto González, Juan Palencia, Marta Colón, Paula García-Masedo
Structures: Mecanismo S.L.