Simplistic and organic, “Pink House,” and “Purple House” are two minimalist dwellings built into and intertwined with the surrounding landscape of rich olive trees and natural boulders.
Designed by Spanish Studio Mar Plus Ask, they appear similar to the adobe style seen in places such as Mexico and several U.S. Southwestern states. These specific houses are built above the Mediterranean Sea on a vast landscape of stacking stone terraces.
The site they are built upon is a natural and ancient structure dating back thousands of years.
Both residences, Pink House and Purple House, contain a kitchen, fireplace, shower and bedroom. The design studio added a wood-fire oven, plumbing, electric lighting and a refrigerator using solar panels.
The existing trees and rocks were incorporating into the architecture of both houses. Staying true to the existing landscape, many of the surrounding dwellings are carved into the mountainside with thick stone walls and low burning fires as well.
The dwellings contain cave-like interiors and raw minimalism seen throughout the entirety of the space. The clean-cut lines, bold geometric shapes and earthy textures create a sharp, yet harmonious contrast, with the pink and purple painted stucco walls.
The pink color was chosen specifically as a complementary hue to the matte green color found on the underside of an olive leaf. Whereas, the purple color was chosen specifically as a complementary hue to the top side found on the glossy side of an olive leaf.
The two residences are designed to respect the ancient grounds, including the miraculous olive trees and mountainscape they are built within. However, they are enhanced for contemporary living with modern advancements and a popular raw minimalist style.