Casa Ugalde

Although Portugal faces the Atlantic, the Mediterranean has a great influence on our country, whether for the culture, gastronomy or architecture. As such, we are fascinated by the Mediterranean and its nostalgic, sunny and authentic spirit, something that Casa Ugalde in Caldes d´Estrac, north of Barcelona, sums up perfectly.
It is one of the first masterpieces by the modernist architect José Antonio Coderch, in collaboration with Manuel Valls. It was commissioned in 1951 by a friend of Coderch, the industrial engineer Eustaquio Ugalde, who loved to take walks on the hillside where the house stands. In this idyllic setting, the Ugalde family wanted to build a house that would blend seamlessly into its natural surroundings; nestled in the lush Mediterranean pine forest, with a spectacular panoramic sea view. With this in mind, Coderch and Valls built a series of volumes that grow out of nature, absorbing the serpentine topography and looking out to the endless sea.
An irregular construction, open-plan and free-flowing; formed by unique spaces that transform with natural light, and merge into the forest that slopes down to the blue waters.
The combination of this spontaneous structure with the use of materials typical of Mediterranean popular architecture—such as stone walls, tiled roofs, and terracotta tiles—make Casa Ugalde a landmark of modern architecture. It was selected by the prestigious Japanese magazine a+u as one of the world’s 33 most important houses of the 20th century. In 2003, the Government of Catalonia declared Casa Ugalde a Cultural Asset of National Interest.

This project is a great inspiration for us, not only for the architecture but also for the beautiful photos by Salva López, commissioned by Santa & Cole, one of our favourite design brands.

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