Solo House II perches on the edge of a plateau in the picturesque region of Matarraña, about two hours away from the bustling metropolis of Barcelona. This unique country residence sits in a largely untouched forest, and is meant to act as a perfect complement to its surroundings, rather than a distraction from them. The architects, Office KGDVS, claim that the scenery was so incredible, they wanted the building to be ‘invisible, merely emphasising the natural quality of the surroundings’.
The slightly elevated plot of land holds a circular building with a diameter of 45m, with the roof functioning as a shelter and a spacious courtyard-style space in the centre. The entire structure is supported by four rows of eight columns, with an elegant glass façade creating breath-taking panoramic views of the landscape. Privacy can be obtained by sliding across the white mesh curtains, which give the living spaces an ever-evolving nature and help the inhabitant to feel as though they are truly in touch with the wonderful surroundings.
The plot is totally off-grid, which means the house will be entirely dependent on the resources it can produce itself. Large photovoltaic panels on the roof will provide electrical and thermic energy, and a full water collection and purification system is in place. The buffer tanks for the energy and the water tanks have been made into features of the site itself, sitting abstractly on the roof and really catching the eye.