The plot where these 7 individual villas were to be build is located on the north side of the Marina ridge in Alella, with significant height differences from the street side to the end of the plots. In addition, the plots were not uniform in size, so there were wide but shallow plots and narrow but very long plots when seen from the street. One important design goal was to achieve a uniform set of seven houses, and not seven individual pieces which adapted to the difficulties of the location.
We have worked with seven volumes, placed parallel, or perpendicular to the street, according to what the plots allowed, with similar characteristics in terms of materials and heights. They are arranged in a rhythmical way along the side of the hill. The terraces of the gardens had to act as bridges between the different levels while at the same time generating continuity between each of the plots. The concrete separation from the street furthermore acts to bring the 7 builds into a single project.
The houses all consist of a ground floor, first floor and a basement, embedded into the terrain except for those parts that allow the access of people and vehicles. The ground floor, made out of white brick, consists of the living areas: this is the area that has the maximum amount of sunlight during the day and is level with the garden terrace and the pool. The ground floor, in green slate, is the night area: it consists of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The basement has a double garage, a bathroom, storage area and machine room.
The different garden terraces have been filled in different ways depending on their use, always with the aim of organizing continuous strips throughout all the plots. The back and the front of the plots are filled with shrubs typical of the local area with the aim to reduce its maintenance, since they are not easily accessible. The terrace area which is level with the living areas is a grass area with a swimming pool. The terrace next to the ground floor consists of gray gravel, again to reduce maintenance.