House in Never Never Land About Credits Related

About the project

Cala Vadella, Ibiza 2007-2009

Located on sloping land leading to the quaint natural port of Cala Vadella in Ibiza, the House in Never Never Land is designed to make compatible the preservation of the environmental richness of the valley it stands in (including a unique presence of migratory birds and small mammals) with the hedonistic life the clients aim to develop in the building and with the long term maintenance of the construction’s financial exploitability. The design of the house is driven by a cosmopolitical ambition of interspecies mediation, as much as by the will to facilitate the building’s long term feasibility.

The configuration of the main building makes possible the expansion of the large living room into a ramped multifunctional outdoor space ending in the first in a series of connected swimming pools. Avoiding any hierarchy, one bedroom is placed on either side of the living room. Bedrooms are separated from the living room with foldable walls. When desired, the party activity in the living room can expand into the bedrooms by simply collapsing the walls that separate them.

To preserve the environmental richness of the valley, the design of the house incorporates a series of calibrations. The three buildings comprising the compound are elevated from the ground for at least 80% of their footprint. The permeability of the terrain, the animal routes it contains, and its vegetal covering are therefore largely preserved. The geometry of the buildings was shaped to avoid the removal of trees. All services at risk of producing accidental leaks or spills are contained within a concrete vessel, to lower the risk of the house polluting the valley in the long run.

The compound is divided into three buildings to make it possible for parts of the house to be leased separately, increasing the prospects for the house to be temporarily rented out to make its maintenance financially feasible.  


Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation


Construction Management

Andrés Jaque, Jorge Ruano, Juan Boo


Design, coordination and edition

Alessandro Armelini, Guido Brandi, Teresa del Pino, Borja Gómez, Alejandro Martín Maté, Leandro Morillas, Pedro Pinto-Correia, Karin Rangel, Alberto Rey, Jorge Ruano, Adeline Ruiz, David Segura, Natalia Solano



Structures: I07

Mechanical Engineering: Nieves Plaza

Quantity Surveyor: Calle 51

Real State Product: Christina van Ederen

Sociological research: Pablo Hurlé

Photography: Miguel de Guzmán

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