Plywood House

Renovation of a town house in Palma de Mallorca (Spain). A project by SMS Arquitectos

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The Plywood house is located in a street of townhouses in a quiet neighbourhood of Palma. The need for extending the original ground floor house with a floor above while maintaining its base structure requires a lightweight solution to not overload the original stone walls.


The starting point of the project is the standard size of commonly available panels: 244x122cm. From this basic element, SMS Architects has conceived a structure that can be prefabricated and subsequently brought on site.


The wood is left raw and exposed, and is combined with the furniture and windows. The project is not functionally divided but according to “atmospheric zones”, in which we find different zones of climatic and light comfort.


Another important feature is the refined research by the Spanish studio to find traditional manufactures survived on the island.