Enjoy sweeping panoramic views out over the city from a completely natural setting. This is the concept proposed by Bonavista Developments for SAÜC 12, a complex of six houses nestled in a unique oasis. SAÜC 12 is a landmark project given the height at which the new-build project is being developed – the highest in the city. The property is within striking distance of the Parque de la Oreneta – a natural oasis and a true haven of pines, holm oaks, common oaks and strawberry trees. It also lies just a few minutes from the bustling old quarter of the Sarrià district, and just minutes by car or public transport from Barcelona city centre.
The homes boast unbeatable views out over the city and the sea. Each home will offer a full panoramic view of Barcelona in all its contrasting splendour: from modernist buildings and the latest modern developments designed by world-renowned architects, to the mountains and the sea, without forgetting the city’s more commerce-oriented areas and predominantly residential neighbourhoods. The area surrounding the properties benefits from excellent services, first-rate sports facilities and the most prestigious schools.
View gallery of Sarrià
Homes that blend seamlessly into their surroundings
SAÜC 12 features six villas arranged in three pairs, each comprising a constructed area of between 480 and 630 sqm, as well as their own garden and private swimming pool. The generous size of the villas does not stop them from blending seamlessly into the local landscape, which right from the very outset was one of the project’s main priorities from an architectural point of view.
Damián Ribas Arquitectura – a studio whose projects are renowned for respecting local architecture and using materials that can be found locally in the area – has opted to combine traditional Mediterranean styles with international influences.
“One of our studio’s core values is to respect local architecture, while adding a modern and international twist”, said Damián Ribas.
Local dry stone is one of the materials used, especially in the areas where each house “touches the ground”.
“Stone and wood provide both resistance and warmth that help to connect the houses with nature”, the architect explains, “while concrete and glass provide natural light and an airy quality that create the sensation that the upper floors are almost touching the sky”.
At the same time, the architecture has been given a modern look and feel, incorporating fresh new elements such as large windows and clearly-defined shapes.
Rather than forming one closed unit, the houses open up onto courtyards – a very Mediterranean concept – and use trellis panels to maximise light.
Houses that can be tailored to buyers’ tastes
All six homes are semi-detached and connected via the basement floor, an area that benefits from natural light and that features multipurpose spaces, a laundry room, a wine cellar and parking for three or four vehicles.
The house can each be tailored to suit the buyers’ own preferences and requirements. “These houses are designed for people who value being able to make changes to their new home”, said Damián Ribas.
Each house is divided into mezzanine floors, so that every room benefits from views out over the city, and to allow residents to move more freely and easily throughout the house. The ultimate aim is to allow residents to move from floor to floor without the feeling of having to walk up too many stairs.
In order to keep the basement floor in keeping with the grandeur of the rest of the house, high-quality materials have been used and a light analysis has been carried out specifically for this area. The top floor layout is also extremely versatile, designed as such to allow the buyer to adapt it to suit their needs – it can be used as an open-plan study or divided up into several bedrooms.
Each home boasts stately, traditional materials in its interior, preferring options that will stand the test of time and offer unrefined elegance, such as oak, iron and light-coloured materials, over passing trends. While the number of materials used has been kept to a minimum to ensure a feeling of coherence, consistency, tranquillity and sophistication.
In touch with nature
The development will be landscaped with plants and shrubs that can be found locally. Aromatic plants such as lavender, rosemary and thyme will be planted throughout the gardens, not only to help the properties blend in with the surrounding nature, but also because these plants are more sustainable and resistant than others whose natural habitat lies well beyond the Sierra Collserola natural park. Each home will feature a cypress at the entrance, as this was the tree that was traditionally planted in Catalan country houses as a sign of welcoming visitors. The landscaping project will also feature trees that are well-suited to the Mediterranean climate such as holm oaks and cork oaks..
An architecture studio that keeps things local
Damián Ribas Arquitectura specialises in residential properties, including both single and multi-family homes. The studio has gained renown for creating projects that reflect the lifestyle of their owners, and that also fit in with their surroundings thanks to structures that blend into the terrain, as well as being built from materials that are found locally in the area.
The studio has completed numerous projects for single- and multi-family homes, as well as notable sports facilities and renowned hotels, such as the Cerdanya Royal Golf Course and the Hotel Golf PGA.