Solo Circle Aragon, Spain

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Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
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  • 3 BR
  • Sleeps 6
  • from € 650/nt
What we like about this property

The second in an extraordinary development designed to showcase the talents of some of today’s most revolutionary young architects, this remarkable holiday home in Spain is a thought provoking study on design and environment. Abandoning boundaries and opening entirely out to nature, we love the circular symmetry, and the iconic architectural shape that reimagines and emphasizes our relationship to the natural world.

Description

Set in an untouched forest area in the mountainous region of Matarraña just north-east of the Els Ports national park, this holiday home in Spain is located in the centre of the Barcelona–Valencia–Saragossa triangle. Here, in the midst of a one hundred hectare plot of pure nature, one feels suddenly truly “solo” – alone and magically isolated and disconnected from every day life.

SOLO CIRCLE, completed in 2017 by the Belgium based architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen is the second in the ongoing “Solo Houses” project of contemporary homes conceived by a New Garde of international young architects, offering a distinctive vacation experience.

Constructed almost entirely of concrete with oversized glass walls and sliding aluminum and polycarbonate panels, the spherical shape is sculptural and otherworldly and in striking harmony with the landscape. It’s circular design forms an endless promenade that rotates your perspective over the landscape giving the sensation of total immersion into the wilderness. 

Four sets of towering columns divide the circle into separate living quarters structured around an interior courtyard and a twenty meter long pool, while the rest of the interiors orbit around the periphery. 

Exposed entirely on both sides, the open-air concept has a refreshing and modern sense of balance and symmetry with the natural world, with living, dining and kitchen spaces all benefiting from the slide away barriers. 

The architects enlisted a roster of accomplished artists to collaborate on the one-of-a-kind furnishings including Muller Van Severen, Richard Venlet, Jonathan Muecke and with painter Pieter Vermeersch’s unique rooftop installations designed to disguise the technical infrastructure.  

This is a remarkable installation that offers a rare opportunity to experience the best contemporary architecture in one the most beautiful areas in Spain.

ADDITIONAL FEATURES

Wifi, Gaggenau brand appliances, Vola, Aggape bath-tub, laundry facilities, Bikes at your disposal. Optional catering and private chef services available, interesting wine list.  Chimney and Board games.  

AROUND

The backdrop of the majestic ‘Los Puertos de Beceite’ nature reserve showcases the natural beauty of the region of Matarraña in Spain. The charm of this area in the Aragonese hinterland is its mix of cuisine, nature and open-air activities. This region of wild beaches, medieval villages, nature reserves and renowned vineyards offers a change of scene, rest and exclusivity at the heart of one of the most authentic Spanish regions. A list of the best restaurant is available at the house, and we can go trough reservations if needed. Many sport adventure and families activities are available in:  https://www.montsport.es. 

LOCATION

Aragon, Spain. Nearest Airport: Barcelona (2 hr)

BEST TIME TO VISIT: April through October 

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Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Circle, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Circle, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Circle, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Circle, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Circle, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Solo Office, Aragon, Spain | holiday homes, holiday rentals
Info & Rates
Bedrooms3 Bedrooms (Can be configured to be 4)
Bed Type2 Doubles, 2 Singles
KitchenFully equipped kitchen
Bathrooms2 Full baths, 1 Shower room in pool house and 1 WC
Accommodate6 Guests (Can be configured for up to 8)
InternetWifi throughout
Pet friendlyYes
RatesRates are €650 per night and €4550 per week low season. During July and August rates are €800 per night and €5600 per week
Minimum Stay2 Nights
ViewStunning views of the Puertos de Beceite national park
Notes

Check in and rental period begins at 1pm (flexible)

Check out is 11am (flexible)

In the event of a cancellation of the booking in the period up to at least 4 weeks before the date of commencement of the rental period, the lessee is indebted for twenty per cent (20%) of the total rental cost.

In the event of a cancellation within four (4) weeks and at least two (2) weeks before the date of commencement of the rental period, the lessee is indebted for fifty per cent (50%) of the total rental cost.

In the event of later cancellations, the lessee is indebted for the full amount of the total rental cost.

In either case, the date of receipt of the cancellation will be binding and all cancellations must be done by means of a registered letter.

 

Directions from Barcelona Airport: take the C32 – direction Castelldefells / Tarragona

then, take the AP-7 - diection Tarragona / Valencia

After 159 km, leave the highway exit 40 direction Tortosa

At the roundabout, take the 2nd

exit on C-42 - direction Tortosa and pass by 4 consecutives roundabouts

Follow the indications for Gandesa and C12

After the Xerta village take the T 333 on left and go to the Prat de Comte village ( pay attention to don’t miss the left branch after 7km)

Straight on the T330 road changing in A321, pass Horta de Sant Joan and Arnes, et keep going direction Valderrobres

Between Arnes and Valderrobres, at

km 27,4 on A321 there is a unpaved road on the left leading to the Solo Houses Site. 

 

Owners will be waiting for you there for a complete house presentation.

 

 


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  • Christophe Le Gac, October 6, 2017

    Christophe Le Gac, A+, Architecture en Belgique

    En Espagne, OffICE KGDVS a créé
    une maison « la moins maison possible », SOLO OffICE. Circulaire, sans murs, autonome, architecturée par le mobilier : une audacieuse réussite.

    Des rochers à perte de vue, des oliviers et des amandiers dans les vallées et sur les coteaux, des rapaces à l’affût, des sentiers en terre, un soleil de plomb, aucun réseau d’électricité, voilà le contexte dans lequel l’agence bruxelloise Office KGDVS (Kersten Geers & David Van Severen) a conçu une maison autonome en Espagne. Située dans un parc naturel régional, à la limite entre la région d’Aragon et la Catalogne, près du village médiéval d’Arnes, la villa ressemble, vue du ciel, à un anneau très platonicien.
    Devant le nouveau bâtiment de KGDVS, la première sensation dépendra du temps. Si le ciel prend les habits du bleu cobalt,
    le système de construction et les  ni-
    tions extérieures s’estomperont ; ils se renforceront sous un ciel gris. En ce mois de mai 2017, le soleil est au rendez-vous
    et la SOLO Of ce est ouverte aux quatre vents. Deux barres horizontales de faible épaisseur marquent le territoire et invitent à le parcourir. En béton teinté, la première, légèrement surélevée par rapport au sol, trace les contours d’un rez-de-chaussée et laisse entrevoir une activité domestique. Toujours en béton, la seconde délimite la hauteur de l’habitat. Hors d’échelle, de sin- guliers volumes viennent rompre l’horizon de la couverture et lui offrent une skyline détonante. Ils sont placés à des endroits stratégiques et correspondent à une fonc- tion précise – réservoirs d’eau et blocs techniques. Cubes, cylindres et cônes inversés ont été peints par l’artiste belge Pieter Vermeersch. Pour lui, « la recherche artistique dans la peinture s’étend au-delà du con nement de la toile », et cela se voit. Entre chien et loup, l’ensemble vire à la station lunaire en attente de spationautes.
    Une fois dans le patio, la forme cylindre s’atténue. Entre les deux lignes de fuite bétonnées, des dormants de portes cou- lissantes en aluminium extrudé découpent, rythment et suggèrent différentes occu- pations des lieux. Par-ci par là, quelques vitres re ètent le paysage préservé dans un état (presque) sauvage. Rien ne paraît  xe tant les rideaux argentés ondulent et
    se soulèvent au gré du vent. Ce tissu tramé danse littéralement. Semi-transparent à l’ombre, il devient opaque à la lumière et se transforme en cloison. Pratique pour déli- miter un espace intime, ce choix exprime
    à merveille la volonté des architectes de ne pas ériger une demeure délimitée par quatre murs. Partis d’une image extraite
    de la collection de référence de leur com- père Bas Princen, Kersten Geers et David Van Severen ont décidé de construire, avec les moyens propres à l’architecture,
    « une maison la moins maison possible ». Sur la fameuse photographie du plasticien néerlandais, un groupe de personnes fait voler un cerf-volant composé de deux formes annulaires, distantes l’une de l’autre d’environ 30 cm et reliées par une structure légère – certainement de la  celle tendue. fascinés par cet OVNI, les maîtres d’œuvre s’en sont servis comme image-concept. Comme à leur habitude, ils en ont déduit un collage, SOLO House #1, dans lequel le dépouillement règne et l’absence de mur y est probante.
    Mais alors, comment faire pour habiter une maison sans murs, de plus circulaire ? La réponse donnée par Of ce est très simple. Le mobilier architecturera le lieu !
    Hormis quelques poteaux dissimulés avec  nesse, chaises, fauteuils, tables, rangements, lits, etc., organisent les cir- culations et instituent une sorte d’urba- nisme du territoire domestique, écho au célèbre projet d’Andrea Branzi No-Stop City (Archizoom, 1970) où l’architecture disparaît au pro t du mobilier urbain. Ici, la densité d’arbres fait of ce de métropole. L’urbanité se trouve dans les détails d’une assise (SOLO chair, Of ce KGDVS), d’une chaise longue en inox laqué (WireS#2, Muller Van Severen) ou dans la transfor- mation d’un tabouret en lampe (SOLO stool, Richard Venlet). Un détour par les plans con rme l’usage du design d’objet comme élément architectonique et celui du second œuvre comme  nition intérieure et extérieure. Côté paysage, au nu extérieur du gros œuvre, des rails, en parties haute et basse, ont été posés tout le long du péri- mètre circulaire. Ce dispositif encadre une structure mobile en acier composée de panneaux de polycarbonate ou en mailles d’aluminium extrudé. Les architectes ont réussi leur pari.
    Mais qui peut bien être le maître d’ouvrage de toute cette folle opération ? Christian Bourdais est l’initiateur d’un projet global intitulé SOLO Houses dans lequel s’inscrit la SOLO Of ce. Elle fait suite à celle dessinée par l’agence chilienne Pezo von Ellrichshaussen, située à proximité de celle de KGDVS. Antithèse du projet d’Of ce, SOLO Pezo est un cube en béton brut de décoffrage, posé en porte-à-faux sur un socle tout aussi brutaliste.
    Voulue comme une nouvelle proposi- tion de résidences hôtelières composée de quinze villas et d’un hôtel, la collec-
    tion d’architectures – à l’échelle 1 – sol- licite l’avant-garde architecturale (Didier faustino, Sou fujimoto, Johnston Marklee, Tatania Bilbao, entre autres). Après le Weissenhof (Stuttgart, 1927), les Villa Baba (Prague, 1932), les Case Study Houses (Los Angeles, entre 1945 et 1966), SOLO Houses ouvrent une nouvelle page de la grande histoire de l’architecture domestique et de l’architecture, tout simplement.

    Christophe Le Gac, A+, Architecture en Belgique

    Christophe Le Gac

  • Moritz KUNG, October 6, 2017

    Solo House II   by    Moritz KUNG, February 2017

    Christian Bourdais’ “Solo House“ venture becomes most evident by making the journey to Cretas, an untouched forest area in the mountainous region of Matarraña just north-east of the natural park Els Ports, located in the centre of the triangle Barcelona–Valencia–Saragossa. Here, in the midst of a one hundred hectares plot of pure nature, one feels itself all of a sudden truly “solo” – alone though and magically isolated and disconnected from every day turbulences. The “Solo House”, on-going project of contemporary small resort-prototypes conceived by a New Garde of international young architects, offers a distinct experience and look to spend leisure time. The Belgium architects OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen realized right after the Chileans Mauricio Pezo and Sofia Von Ellrichshausen the second “second home”. Approaching their nearly completed house that’s built on a natural plateau to provide for its future owner a breath-taking 360º panorama on the wilderness, the immediate question arises whether this is a house at all. Although the OFFICE project provides all basic structural elements – as a concrete foundation (but in the shape of a circular “catwalk”), a façade corresponding with the three inhabited segments (… but perforated and with the feature to be shifted around the circumference if needed), a simple flat roof that is supported by four straight rows of eight columns which cut chords from the circular base (… but exposes purposely all technical infrastructure for photovoltaic panels, water tanks and generators as sculptural objects) and a set of furniture (… but all directly connected in some way to the supporting columns) –, it is one of a kind that questions traditional conventions. The overall 1.600 m2 surface that includes a 1050 m2 patio garden with a natural carved pool and three segments –living room, master bed room and guest room, each of them 60m2– is both at the time: discrete and imposing, ceremonial and sparse, wide-open and introvert, transparent and opaque, luxurious and austere. As the architects once explained, the Solo House II is an exercise in making architecture out of only devices. Some of those are specially conceived by others: as the textures for the roof objects of painter Pieter Vermeersch, the mobile stool-lamp hybrids of artists Richard Venlet or the iconic mesh Chaise Longue of designers Muller Van Severen, all inspired by the curvatures of the house. Undoubtedly, hedonists will admire this project, but only those who can identify themselves with the motto “low resolution at it’s best” that’s probably the most adequate characterisation of this unique and outstanding construction.  

    Moritz Küng (February 2017)

    Moritz KUNG

  • OLIVIER RENEAU, October 6, 2017

    Par OLIVIER RENEAU, IDEAT, JUIN 2017

    Comme inscrit dans une filiation avec les Case Study Houses de Los Angeles ( 1945- C1966), Ic projet de collection d’architectures Solo Houses, dont Christian Bourdais est l’instigateur, vise à interroger une quinzaine d’architectes parmi la nouvelle garde – Sou Fujimoto, Didier Faustmo, Bijoy Jam, Kuehn Malveiii… – sur la forme que peut emprunter une résidence secondaire aujourd’hui. « II s’agit d’une architecture qui échappe aux contingences du quotidien en même temps qu’elle se doit d’être implantée dans un lieu d’exception, a l’image du Matarrana », souligne Christian Bourdais Apres le belvedere cubique de l’agence chilienne Pezo von Ellrichshausen, sorti de terre il y a trois ans, les Belges d’Office KGDVS (Kersten Geers et David Van Severen) proposent une villa de forme annulaire de 40 metres de diamètre. « Les notions d’intérieur et d’extérieur sont ici totalement bousculées. C’est une maison entierement traversee par le paysage, ou l’on se plaît a déambuler sans fin », poursuit le promoteur. Si bien que les fonctions de base sont réduites à un essentiel qui n’exclut pas le confort maîs privilégie une vie au contact de la nature Nouvel objectif désormais pour Christian Bourdais : mettre en chantier la dizaine d’autres villas projetées, non plus pour les mettre en vente maîs pour constituer une nouvelle forme de domaine hôtelier « Je veux mettre en avant l’expérience de vie que procurent ces architectures, exphque-t-il. Le modele hôtelier le permet : chaque maison pourra être envisagée comme une grande suite, tandis qu’un bâtiment de Smiljan Radic pourra accueillir une trentaine de chambres » Le paysagiste Bas Smets et le commissaire d’exposition Hans Ulrich Obrist travaillent déjà a l’organisation des 80 hectares et à l’implantation d’œuvres d’art à travers le domaine.

     Sur une surface de 1600 m2
    comprenant un patio de 1O5Om2 avec piscine, la Solo Office KGDVS des Belges Kersten Geers et David Var Severen est un anneau tout en transparence regroupant trois unites d’habitation et offrant une vue panoramique integral sur le paysage du Matarrana à la lisière du parc naturel Els Ports dans l’ouest de I’Espagne.

    OLIVIER RENAU, Ideat, Juin 2017

    OLIVIER RENEAU

  • Jeoren P, October 6, 2017

    We had an incredible weekend. Both the mental and physical impact were much more intense then expected. The solitude of the house and vastitude of the surrounding landscapes (!) enforced a big respect towards both nature and the house itself. We felt a constant tension between distance and proximity which truly influenced each of us in a very particular way. 
    The house succeeded to intensify different weather conditions; being both fragile and massively robust at the same time. Because of the moveable facades, spaces were in constant transformation, resulting in the best possible experience for every time of the day. 
    During our stay we treated and left the house with great respect. Our heads are filled with unforgettable memories.

    Nevertheless, we feel the urge of experiencing the house for a longer period. 

    Jeoren P

  • Rowan Moore, October 6, 2017

    Within a narrow angle of vision you can see: shadows of leaves; the dusty soil and stubborn flora of this wooded part of Spain; light bouncing off water; the shaved and polished pebbles of a curving concrete floor; dark steel posts and beam; a curving concrete slab above; above that, a cylindrical water tank in the graded earth colours of a creme caramel; sky; the head and red tap of an external shower; a silvery shower curtain; strings of bare lightbulbs; a white steel pod containing an outdoor toilet; and a big stainless steel cupboard whose angled mirrored surfaces cause it to melt into greenness. Due to a fall in the ground, the trees behind show their foliage rather than their trunks. An elusive honeycomb pattern is set up by the moiré effect of the perforated steel wrapping of a freestanding sink unit.

    This dense assemblage of stimulations widens out into a larger structure, a perfect 45-metre-wide concrete circle inscribed with multiplying effects of transparencies and reflections. It’s like a wood, in that the substance (trees, building materials), without which you couldn’t call it a wood (or building), keeps dissolving into shadows, light and depth, without going away altogether. This – the use of materials, light and space to intensify experience – is what architecture should do. A lot of the time it doesn’t get the chance.
    This fascinating structure is a holiday house, recently built in the wooded, mountainous district of Matarraña, in Aragon, just over the border from Catalonia. It is one of two so far completed in a development called Solo Houses, which is planned to include a total of 15 plus a hotel, each designed by a different architect. The project was invented by a Paris-based couple, Christian Bourdais, who formerly traded in antiques from south-east Asia, and Eva Albarran, a producer of cultural and artistic events. The idea is to build a collection of architecture as others might art, to make “a history of what is architecture at this moment in time”, to commission the best possible designs, to “follow architects as far as they will go”.
    The overall project is a bit like Alain de Botton’s Living Architecture programme of architect-designed holiday homes, except that Solo’s are all in the same 100-hectare location. It also resembles the Serpentine Galleries’ annual architecture pavilion, with the difference that these houses are permanent and habitable. Two of the architects recently favoured by the Serpentine, Smiljan Radić from Chile and Sou Fujimoto from Japan, are working for Solo, and Hans Ulrich Obrist, the Serpentine’s artistic director, is advising on a programme of artworks for the development. Indeed, this concept of the architectural collectible could be called “obristism” – eclectic, well informed, international, knowing, with preferences for the idiosyncratic but about-to-be-recognised, for the intellectually alive and the mildly decadent.
    Solo Houses’ choices are those of enthusiasts who know their field and know what they like. Bourdais says he wasn’t looking “for the fashionable architects that everyone knows”, but people of his own fortysomething generation who would think the same way that he does. “They were babies when we met,” he says, but in the six-year gestation of the project they have ascended some gradations of fame, including the Serpentine’s recognition of Radić and Fujimoto. For the location Bourdais spent six months touring Europe, looking at “amazing sites in which it was also permitted to build”. He settled on Aragon because its planning policies are more favourable to building in the countryside than Catalonia’s.
    The first house was by the Chilean couple Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen, who featured memorably in the Royal Academy’s Sensing Spaces exhibition of 2014. It is a concrete tower that spreads at the top, a right-angled mushroom that counters the usual intuition that, confronted with amazing views and amazing climate, openness is all. Inside the stalk you get dungeon-like darkness, water pipes glinting in the shadows, light coming mostly from viewing panels into the blue water of a pool. When you get to the top you find a square patio house in the sky, with the pool in the sheltered centre and an outer layer of rooms looking out in all directions. From here, finally, you get the view.
    The second, circular house is by the Brussels practice Office Kersten Geers David Van Severen who, since they set up in 2002, have been building respect for their nuanced and subtly subversive work. They wanted, they say, to make their Solo House “the least like a house as possible” to “make contact in a light way with the landscape,” and to “somehow disappear”. This does not mean, for them, “camouflage”, nor making something woody that might have been assembled by goblins – you can’t miss that the building is there – but trying to “coincide” with nature.
    They use the machine-age materials – glass, steel and concrete – of Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier, together with more louche fabric: curtains and screens that filter the light, touches of marble, stainless steel that warps reflections like a fairground mirror. They draw on a modernist fascination with the sensual and illusory that was often ignored by official histories but was practised, for example, in houses, interiors and exhibition pavilions by Mies and the textile designer Lilly Reich in the late 1920s and early 30s. Geers and Van Severen also exploit a modernist love of blurring inside and out: the elements of the house are divided into three enclosures about the perimeter of the circle, a thin sliver containing a kitchen/dining/living space and two more containing beds and bathrooms. You have to go outside to get from one to another.
    It then turns out that the outer walls are actually sliding screens that can be shunted out of the way, to expose like a falling beach towel the naked interiors. Beds, baths and kitchen stand open to the horizon. The screens create, along with the shimmers and reflections, a zone of instability and transience that is given definition by the precision of the circle. Further contrast is provided above the roofline, where are placed blunt necessary objects such as solar panels, water tanks and heating and filtration devices, shaped into cylinders, cubes and cones. The two cylinders have been given the colours of earth and sky by the artist Pieter Vermeersch, but otherwise these objects are as solid and factual as the lower level is evanescent. In keeping with the pervasive desire to play with expectations, their placing inverts the architectural hierarchy that traditionally puts the celestial and dreamy above the basic and chthonic.
    You are free to wander outside the building into the woods, but somehow the circle casts such a spell that you are mostly happy to pad about inside it, savouring the solitude, mesmerised by the repetitions, correspondences and infinite variety of this horizontal, hedonic hamster wheel. The experiences of intimacy and vastness, of being alone in what is a sparsely populated landscape, are felt with more force inside the circle.
    Holiday colonies built in lightly touched nature are not, of course, always good news, but so far the Solo Houses add to their surroundings rather than detract from them. They are there but they don’t dominate. There are pitfalls too, in the obristist notion of building-as-collectible, as it tends to favour the statement over the liveable. This trap is also avoided, as for all its richness of materials and ideas the architecture knows when to stand back to allow you, as Geers puts it, “just to make your life”. The whole thing is rarefied and indulgent, of course, and it’s not going to solve any housing crises, but at the task it has set itself – of creating architecture that is as good as it can be – it succeeds
    THE GUARDIAN. Sept17

    Rowan Moore

    London, UK

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