Nomo Studio Has Designed A Menorcan Summer House That Frames The Sea

Set in the Menorcan resort town of Coves Noves on plot of land with a steep incline, the dimensions and location of the construction were determined by both local building restrictions and the desire to capture—and frame—the seascape beyond the property.

Separated across two levels, the ‘Frame House’ has achieved sweeping water views from both the roomy interior and the 42-square-meter covered terrace that extends from its upper level. “The strong contrast between the openness of the sea-view facade and the opacity of the side and back facades create a strong framing effect”, Nomo Studio explains. “To further enhance this gesture, the roof is inclined, opening up towards the view and the whole front facade is glazed from floor to ceiling with large sliding windows.”

The clients requested that, without forgoing size, the summer home be easy to visit for short stays. Consequently, the upper level acts as a self-contained loft apartment; housing a kitchen and living area, terrace, bathroom and the master bedroom. The ground floor houses the guest rooms and bathrooms, along with a separate living area and terrace. In this way, it is possible for the ‘Frame House’ to function as two separate spaces, or as a unified whole, depending on the needs of those visiting.

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