Appreciation towards Marià Castelló for providing the following description:
Es Pujol de s’Era is a fairly representative fragment of the inland landscape
of the island of Formentera. It comprises 33,022 square metres of wheat and
barley fields, a small wood of common and Phoenician juniper and rosemary, and
dry-stone walls on a practically flat topography.
The intervention seeks refuge among the existing vegetation and a fragment of
dry-stone wall. These two conditions draw out the dimensions, the orientation
and the height of a construction of austere geometry that bears some relation
to the architectural tradition of Formentera.
A traditional dry-stone wall establishes the alignment in the territory and
becomes part of the northern elevation of the building, at the same time
setting it in the landscape. An old chapel built over an underground water
cistern marks out the building’s longitudinal axis and is a constant reference
of dialogue/tension, both in the exterior and the interior.
This is an architecture that seeks context by means of relations with its
surroundings, shunning mimesis.
The north-south orientation of the proposal generates a duality that was
required by the programme and that the ground plan radi- cally synthesizes:
segregation of the more public activity from private life.
The north side is the most exposed; it is clearly visible from kilometre 2.3 on
the Camí Vell de la Mola, the main approach route.
On the north side there is a small architec- ture studio, repeated on the south
side in the form of a space of identical dimensions, designed as a small
dwelling-refuge for a couple.
As well as seeking sunlight, the orienta- tion of the refuge responds to the
desire to appropriate the small wood of common and Phoenician juniper and
rosemary that extends like a native garden, requiring no transformation or
maintenance, and gener- ates a high level of privacy.
Between the studio and the dwelling is a nucleus of services that separates
work from private life: bookshelves, files, bath- room, kitchen, beds,
cupboards, installa- tions and two sliding walls to divide up the two main
areas and create more intimate spaces, such as an annexed office or a guest
room. This makes the house both flexible and multifunctional.
The envelope containing the programme (12×12 m) extends in the two main direc-
tions, generating spaces of transition that are vital in these latitudes.
The volume is defined by an envelope of rendered thermo-clay masonry and
reinforced concrete. An extruded section represents the only part where masonry
is used on the site. The other interior and exterior facings were dry
assembled, using glass and iroko timber.
A small setback around the edge in section creates the sensation that the
building is floating over the site. This is the transition between an
artificial world and the pre- existing organic environment.
The side openings are conceived as slashes that rend the fa?ade from top to
bottom, fragmenting the east and west elevations and giving them a smaller
With the idea of obtaining greater sobriety and harmony, the auxiliary elements
and furnishings were specially designed, using the same materials employed for
the dry-as- sembled elements of internal division.
location: Camí Vell de la Mola km. 2,3. Formentera. SPAIN
promoter: Marià Castelló Martínez
Architect: Marià Castelló Martínez
building engineer: Agustí Yern Ribas + Albert Yern Ribas
structure: Albert Yern Ribas, José Antonio Molina, Salvador Soteras y Agustí Yern
collaborators: Marga Ferrer, Laura Tur, Carmen Martínez, Josep Castelló, Catalina Verdera,
Jaume Luís, Segundo García, Pep Yern y Belén Molina.
builder: Construccions Pep Sala SL
finishes: Can Guirau SL – Alfredo Juan
end of work: 2011
surface: 201 m2