For an example of how beautifully pine can pair with other materials, look to “Stone House” by Spain’s NOMO STUDIO. Located on a hillside facing the north coast of Minorca, this modern beach house takes inspiration from the landscape, seaside culture and local traditions for a breezy color palette and contemporary look.
The architects excavated into the hillside and used the resulting rock debris to build the layered facade, which can be opened to the outdoors in mild weather or act as a thermal buffer during hot and cold seasons. The client wanted a fresh reinterpretation of local traditional architecture, taking cues without replicating older buildings, and the architects responded with a new version of the Minorcan custom of framing windows and edges with white plaster.
You can see how the pine doors and shutters on the exterior perfectly accent and offset the color and texture of the stone and plaster, bringing in some vertical lines, warm tones and references to nature. That theme continues inside, where pine carpentry can be found just about everywhere, including the doors, ceiling beams, cabinets and shelving.
“Similarly to the facade’s earthy palette, the interior is a combination of continuous sand-coloured concrete pavement, whitewashed walls, pine wood carpentry and white-veiled wooden beams. These natural materials create a both warm but also airy atmosphere within the pastel range. All built-in kitchen furniture and wardrobes are custom made by a local carpenter. Details such as a solid hovering stair with integrated handrail-lighting create an interesting dialogue between traditional and contemporary architecture. Kitchen, wardrobes, libraries and niches were built in masonry keeping simplicity as a common thread. Furthermore, the use of soft indirect illumination was also designed throughout the house, avoiding placing exposed lighting fixtures on walls or beam-ceilings.”