CAN PEP SIMÓ

The Can Pep Simó urbanisation was originally developed and designed by the architect Josep Lluís Sert in 1964 on the side of a hill overlooking Talamanca bay and Ibiza town.

This house, built at the beginning of the eighties and located within the Can Pep Simó neighbourhood, had many divisions, rooms lacking natural light and porches that had no specific use. Prior to starting work, we studied eight different distribution variations for the ground floor.

We installed sliding panels made of recycled wood which are opened in winter to make the most of the winter sun and closed in summer to isolate the house from the searing heat.

The distribution of the two rooms fronted by the gallery are determined through a series of sliding doors that provide the flow. The space can be lived in as a loft or closed partially with direct access to the garden in order to maintain privacy.

Traditional materials have been used in the interior design. In the social areas of the living room, dining room and kitchen we utilised large cement tiles to create a more contemporary feel and smaller tiles in the bedrooms for intimacy.

Esparto is another traditional material of the Balearic islands, which has been used in the awnings by the swimming pool, breaking with the austerity of the whitewashed walls and creating a cosy setting with a decking made of broad wooden slabs.

The lacquered iron bookshelf, made to measure locally, expands throughout the whole social area integrating the fireplace and the air conditioning vents. It holds family photos, old children’s books and a plethora of objects found in the colourful markets around the island.