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Modern, Minimalist Picornell House With Dramatic Swimming Pool by John Pawson.

The Picornell House in Mallorca, Spain by architect John Pawson, which began design in 2006, was just recently completed. The house appears as a modern and minimalist looking single storey structure from the street view, but has a second floor on the sea-facing side and a stunning pool that projects out into the garden.

Located on a south-facing slope 10km from the center 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 Mallorca's — controllable light penetration.

The home's 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 backyard, the pool underscores the dramatic attenuation of the site.

Project Mallorca, Spain: 2006 – 2013
Architect/Designer: John Pawson
Project Architect: Guy Dickinson
Photography: Gilbert McCarragher

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