Casa Palerm is an extension of a rural hotel in Mallorca, which functions as a holiday home. The architecture is integrated within its surrounding environment to operate on a low energy footprint.
The building is on one level with a compact and elongated volume with a pitched roof. The width is kept to six meters in order to use low cost beams and so the structure does not require columns.
The layout, parallel to the slope of the terrain, allows all of the rooms to enjoy views of the countryside and the Tramontama mountains towards the north and take advantage of the south sun.
The volume is perforated by an imaginary box creating a central ‘hole’, the living-dining room.
The windows of this space can be completely hidden in the walls of the façade, so that the living-dining room becomes an external porch and invades the north and south terraces depending on the season.
On the south terrace the concrete tongue ends with a wide bench made of local stone, where one can view the panoramic landscape.
Towards the north, the terrace works as a podium to contemplate the views and the pool.
Simple yet effective solutions, both in terms of design and energy efficiency, complete the house. Traditional construction details are used, as well as a palette of natural and local materials.