Barcelona-based PMMT Architects have slyly camouflaged a private residence into the surrounding greenery using a checkered screen of green-hued ceramic tiles. The architects worked with four different tones to color match the tiles to the surrounding landscape during the four seasons, seamlessly blending the home into the tree-filled lot.
The front and rear facades of the three-story home (previously the city’s Indian consulate) are clad in chestnut board panels, but the rest of the home wrapped in the stainless-steel wire lattice made of ceramic tiles. The home’s unique “screen” not only offers beautiful views of the surrounding nature, but also is used for shade and privacy. Built on a deep incline, the natural landscape also helped tuck the home further into its surroundings.
PMMT architect, Alex Herráez explains that the facade is inspired by the needs of the home itself, “The building’s design aims to respond to the defined functional needs of the family. With this ceramic curtain, we were able to solve four plans that in architecture are normally solved in separate ways: the facade, the pergola, the curtain walls and the roof.”
The home has a large wrap-around patio that, thanks to the checkered screen, is the perfect place to peacefully enjoy the tranquil nature or expansive views of the city. The nature-inspired design continues into the interior, where a pair of birch trees holds court in an open-air patio. The living space on the first level is reached by an enclosed staircase with swaths of greenery planted on the flooring below.