This freshly finished Spanish villa by Belgian architects Kersten Geers and David Van Severen has just opened its doors to guests.
Solo House II is part of a 100-acre site in the Matarraña region – dubbed ‘Spanish Tuscany’ for its olive groves and vineyards – currently being developed by Christian Bourdais as an experimental ‘architecture park’.
The Spanish villa is the second of 15 Solo Houses being designed by a crop of international architects, including Sou Fujimoto and Didier Faustino, who’ve been given carte blanche by Bourdais to create striking contemporary homes. Picking up the mantle, Office KGDVS’s offering is shaped like a halo.
‘Since the scenery is so impressive, we felt architecture should be invisible, merely emphasising the natural qualities of the surroundings,’ says the practice.
Solo House II is built on top of a plateau, surrounded by trees, with views all the way to the sea. Its glass exterior walls offer panoramic views of the landscape from inside the circular house, while a sliding metal mesh façade can be moved to create dappled shade inside the villa – and privacy when closed.
Other spaces beneath the contemporary villa’s curved roof act as terraces, and are completely open to the elements.
Now available to rent via Holiday Architecture from €900 per day or €6,000 per week, the two-bedroom Solo House II is furnished with contemporary pieces by Richard Venlet and Muller Van Severen – whose co-founder is David Van Severen’s brother.
Solo House II comes with impeccable eco credentials too: the off-grid holiday home is heated by solar panels, and the roof harvests rain water which is stored and treated by the house’s filtration system, hidden via an abstract installation by Belgian artist Pieter Vermeersch.
Matarraña is a region of exceptional beauty, spotted with medieval villages, vineyards and waterfalls. Venturing further afield, the Ebro Delta nature reserve is a 45 minute drive away.