In Playas del Duque, one of the most distinguished housing complex of Puerto Banús (Marbella, Spain) is located the Salinas House. This is a complex whose architecture, without rejecting modernity, shows a marked mediterranean style. The main value of Playas del Duque, besides its strategic location, is its wonderful garden that exists in its interior, awarded with the first prize of gardening at Costa del Sol.
The building on which the Salinas House has been designed was composed of numerous independent rooms, clumsily connected by large, interior and poorly illuminated corridors. These organizing deficiencies of the former house created, indeed, the main ideas of the new project.

Therefore, removing corridors in order to make the interior communications among rooms clearer, and to give the most natural light as possible to the largest number of rooms were the premises that were followed from the beginning of the project.

In the new idea, the former corridors were substituted by spaces that developed a programatic function, such as library, hall or office, and that are also transition spaces of the new house.

Their dimensions have no resemblance with a traditional corridor and have been designed with fine materials, such as marble and wood, presented in light colours and textures in order to strengthen its clarity. These spaces are opened to the living room and the kitchen, which enables us understand the main zone of the housing as a single space arranged by furniture pieces which organize it.

A white closet, which crosses the whole house, is indeed the furniture element that gives sense to that single space. This closet, built with painted oak wood in its exterior face and apple tree wood in its interior, accompanies the movement of the inhabitants of the house from the main hall to the living room. It gets interrupted to give access to the kitchen, library or main bedroom, turning itself into a main element of the whole house.

The pavement plays as well an essential role. The big Calacatta marble pieces goes along the whole house, including bedrooms and terraces, giving the brightness and freshness that every mediterranean house needs.

All in all, the Salinas House is a summer house, wide and bright, designed for a modern person who appreciates the simplicity and sobriety in architecture. This is a practical and comfortable house whose calmed spaces refer the essence of the mediterranean sea.

In order to show properly the mentioned architectonic values, it was decided to make this photographic report in a very singular moment: in the moment the inhabitants enter the house for the first time, discover the work and start to organize the furniture pieces. In this way, the mentioned pictures highlight the shapes and materials of the spaces, while these furniture elements turn into actors of a scene, whose background is the white texture of the floor and walls.

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Modern home with Garden, Front Yard, Trees, Grass, Landscape Lighting, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Exterior, House Building Type, and Green Roof Material. Photo  of The Salinas House
Modern home with Front Yard, Flowers, Raised Planters, Gardens, Small Pools, Tubs, Shower, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Tile Patio, Porch, Deck, and Exterior. Photo 2 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Living Room, Storage, Chair, Stools, Shelves, Ceiling Lighting, Table Lighting, Travertine Floor, and Corner Fireplace. Photo 3 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Bench, Chair, Shelves, Ceiling Lighting, Travertine Floor, Floor Lighting, Marble Floor, Painted Wood Floor, Office, Lamps, and Library Room Type. Photo 4 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Ceiling Lighting, Bench, Chair, Sofa, Table, Storage, Marble Floor, Travertine Floor, Corner Fireplace, Dining Room, and Painted Wood Floor. Photo 5 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Wardrobe, Chair, Bookcase, Storage, Floor Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Travertine Floor, Marble Floor, and Living Room. Photo 6 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Living Room, Storage, Floor Lighting, Wall Lighting, Travertine Floor, Marble Floor, Corner Fireplace, and Two-Sided Fireplace. Photo 7 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Bath Room, Marble Counter, Wood Counter, Drop In Sink, Ceiling Lighting, and Wall Lighting. Photo 8 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Kitchen, Marble Counter, Wood Counter, Travertine Floor, Marble Floor, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Laminate Counter, White Cabinet, Ceiling Lighting, and Drop In Sink. Photo 9 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Kitchen, Laminate Counter, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Wood Counter, Tile Counter, White Cabinet, Drop In Sink, and Dishwasher. Photo 10 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Trees and Marble Floor. Photo 11 of The Salinas House
Modern home with Trees. Photo 12 of The Salinas House
  • Pablo García Esparza
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 2
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2013
  • Square Feet
  • 3980
  • Press