Ibiza, Spain




Cabana Team


Cabana Team


Pedrali, Sancal & Contain

How can one call and reflect upon cultural and geographic values in architecture without falling into parody? In such outstanding forces like the ones in Ibiza we find ourselves facing the challenge to taste its inherent virtues to then, without falling on cliches or literalness, capture it on paper. Ibiza is much more than a place. Can Ros is the opportunity to reflect all of those natural and organic nuances, setting prejudices and prior ideations aside. True experience. A negation to the parody.

SEMPITERNUS «semper» forever and «ternus» duration.


The traditional architecture of Ibiza has not changed in recent years. This is because Ibiza has always been an economically selfsufficient culture and has used its own local resources and knowledge, passed down from generation to generation, to find the function of the elements and integration into the landscape.

Architecturally, traditional Ibizan houses are characterized by thick isolated stone walls, plastered on the outside, rectangular rooms and horizontal ceilings supported by exposed wooden beams. It is a simple and sober Mediterranean architecture, which begins with the addition of cubic modules that flow freely around the space, resulting in a functional house that always has the potential for expansion over time.

For Can Ros these traditional features of Ibizan architecture are introduced and mixed with a project focused on himself; it was designed as a game of juxtaposed volumes within the plot, summing up in two large rectangular pieces dividing the main house area with respect to an area of guests who are turned to each other according to orthogonal axes, a south orientation taking advantage of the great light of the location that bathes each of the interior spaces in a fully functional way.

To open the house highlights the great importance that the courtyards acquire as connecting and flow elements organically adapting to the idea of the project, since the perimeter interrupts the vision of the horizon of what surrounded him thus generating a small “oasis” which is the central courtyard, making in turn from the outside the house becomes invisible and overturns itself further stressing the importance of these three interior courtyards that are generated. The house thus offers different scenes and environments within it without possessing that capacity of expansion that characterizes traditional houses.

“New needs required new materials.
This meant a new approach to life and a new way of life.”

- Josep Lluis Sert -


The house proposes a quiet and stereotypical design that finds on the main stairs its main ally in the spatial organization of the house. Around it begin to appear the common spaces in the immediate area and they are responsible for taking us to the courtyards, then in the following compartments of these volumes are arranged more private rooms and spaces creating a variety of interior landscapes in the house. This process of growth starting in a central nucleus to which spaces are annexed according to the needs and the organizational capacity required for the inhabitants of the house to the exterior spaces that appear between them makes time a element of reflection in the project.

This temporality bathes each area of the house differently playing with the materials and spatiality of them; is for this reason that in the rooms being the most private space are accompanied by courtyards of lower dimensions to the main courtyard and that accompanied by narrower openings and the proximity to the perimeter wall is generated something more intimate, near, a space of reflection where time seems to pass much slower, in contrast to the central area that is conceived as a great space of meeting, more lively, of contact, which gives life/time to Can Ros.