I have posted about Can Lis before, but when i saw on one of my favourite blogs, somewhere i would like to live, these wonderful pictures, i had to post again. this is my kind of architecture to a tee. in all it is a traditional building of the area made our of the local stone, with just enough architectural details and a wonderful use of space, that doesn’t make the building stand out, yet fit into its surroundings and become a wonderful family home, and place to live. and who could pic a better position. Andrew
as you know from my previous post about the neuendorf house, that i am studying mediterranean building, and i will help my friend design a small hotel in puglia, italy. can lis, named after his wife, was built in 1972 by jørn utzon in mallorca after a holiday before returning to his denmark after he left the project of the sydney opera house. you make think this is a simple home, built with local sandstone to fit its suroundings, yet the principals behind it have many links to the opera house, and that of a story he had heard about african farmers. its is a bunch of separate pavilions like the opera house, linked by one wall, and each pavilion has a different orientation to follow the sun. after many years he came to live permanently here, but with the high humidity and the many visitors he decided to build himself and his wife a retreat in the mountains, can feliz, and gave can lis to his children. these homes to me are beautiful. simple buildings that fit well with the surroundings, with an idea that you can’t distinguish if it is traditional or modern.
i am starting a project for my friend carlo to renovate an old farm house in puglia, italy, so i needed to get into the feel of things. minimalism in japan and europe is a different animal, where i love the creativeness of the minimal spaces in japan, i usually find the european versions cold and without life, perfect for an art gallery, where the intention is to look at the art not the space. the neuendorf house in mallorca is a different matter. designed and built between 1989 and 1991 by the then partnership of john pawson and claudio silvestrin, this home for me does not take from its minimalist roots, but from the roots of simple mediterranean buildings. typical houses, especially in puglia, are stone cubes, with courtyards, thick walls of local stone, simple interiors with small windows to keep out the summer heat. and the neuendorf house is perfect mediterranean house, its fading colour coming from the earth it stands on, simple dark rooms to keep cool, a large courtyard and a pool just slightly more luxurious that a concrete box set between the trees. this house is so well known… but this is where i will start