Pepe Cobo house
On a small rocky hillock there is a privileged natural observatory, especially at sunset, from where spectacular views of the valley and the mountains of the village of Artá, in Mallorca, can be seen. It was the place chosen to build the Pepe Cobo House in 2009, commissioned by the artist himself.
From up there, one understands why, in order to have a great idea, there must have been others so that the thought is predisposed to be born. The Pepe Cobo House is an architectural exercise without which the previous Oslo project would not have been possible, since it laid its ontological foundations.
The project consisted of adapting the traditional use of a shepherd’s shelter to that of a contemporary minimalist dwelling. To this end, the small building is designed to take advantage of the northern and southern lights. The result of this current application of local wisdom, is a proposal of great environmental sensitivity and integration into a landscape, because it is painted the color of the underside of the leaves of oaks and olive trees.
The scheme also symmetrically reproduces the original volume in order to maintain its typological conditions and traditional technical operation. The facades, built with dry systems, promote a measured and voluntary dialogue with the local climate.
The routine actions intrinsic to the routine of a house, such as illuminating the walk, letting the air in to ventilate or drawing the curtain to let the sunlight in, are in this construction differentiated operations in two families of openings and doors. This gives the construction an ambiguous and enigmatic character.
In the interior, tradition leaves its mark by dividing it into the primitive scheme of three rooms, one of which was once used for the animals, another for the shepherds and the last for the fodder. Simplicity pervades everything inside and out. Each room has a single large object, whether it is the table, sofa, desk, bed or kitchen island, which defines it and is replicated outside, giving rise to a second home in the open air.