In the Mediterranean it is sunny most of the year and our way of living has been accommodating to this situation. We look for it during the short winters and protect ourselves from it in the long summers. This condition is what marks the way of living near the Mediterranean and to which the proposal tries to respond in the way it best considers; as it has always been done, with a porch.
It is a space without no pretensions other than being a place for life to happen, an evocative void of Mediterranean memory; the shade under the vine, the chairs in the fresh air at the entrance of a house, the siesta under the leaves of a fig tree…
The two serving pieces that the brief program proposes, a toilet and a small kitchen, are the only closed elements of a proposal where what is really important is the space between them. A porch open to the sea, the breezes, the sun and the shade. The dimensions of this space will be adapted to the needs of the place where it is located, the structured and serialized structure of a single module repeated as many times as necessary allows it. And from there the people and their lives will appear.
architects: mha_a, Paula San Nicolás Palanca | client: Unknown | status: Competition (2021) | location: Gandía, Spain | climate: Temperate, Mediterranean | material: wood | environment: Seaside | visualizer: Studio | budget: 71.787 € | scale: 145 m2 small | ratio: 495,08 €/m2 | types: intervention, microarchitecture | views: 554