Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque


Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

Spanish architect Andrés Jaque has completed this house on a sloping site in Ibiza with a jumble of cascading terraces supported on stilts.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

House in Never Never Land has been built in and among the site's existing features, with trees growing up through the interiors of some of the rooms.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

As well as the main house, two rentable cabins sit on the 1300 square-metre site with access via bridges.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

The main part of the house is supported on a concrete structure while the elevated terraces are supported on a metal frame.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

All photographs are by Miguel de Guzman.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

Here's some more from the architects:

House in Never Never Land

The young Madrid based architect Andrés Jaque has designed the House in Never-Never Land, the project cascades down a 1300 m2 sloping plot in Ibiza.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

The area where this house is placed is a picturesque natural hill far from the island’s major tourist attractions.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

The idea of the project is based on three main concepts: integration with the natural surroundings, incorporation of desire society, and getting financial security for the future.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

The architect’s primary aim was to adapt the geometry of the house to the existing vegetation and to carve out the construction in the open spaces between the trees and bushes, even to the extent of incorporating trees at certain points.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

The house opens up completely to its environment in a typically Mediterranean lifestyle where areas such as the terrace or the pool become hubs of activity.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

The search for desire is based on the way Andrés Jaque has imagined different possible everyday situations in the house.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

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In the current economic climate, buying property is seen as a way of guaranteeing one’s future financial security – a sort of investment fund that grows in value with every passing year.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

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With this in mind, the architect designed an ensemble of three distinct elements: a main house, plus two independent cabins that could be rented out in the future.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

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Each building meets the requirements of the holiday rental market and has separate access and facilities.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

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The slope of the land ensures that each unit enjoys an unimpeded view of the sea and its own piece of garden.

Never Never Land House by Andrés Jaque

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The motivation behind the House in Never-Never Land is to create an environmentally responsible project that respects the beauty and biodiversity of the valley, to provide a means of financial security for the owner, and to construct a space for possibilities and desires, related to the traditions of the island.

Architects: Andrés Jaque
Client: private
Address: Cala Valdella, Ibiza, Spain
Photography: Miguel de Guzman.
Text: Gonzalo Herrero Delicado and Maria José Marcos,

See also:


Netherlands Pavilion
by John Kormeling
Casa Doble by María Langarita
& Víctor Navarro
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Posted on Monday August 16th 2010 at 12:58 am by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Weird creature indeed…

  • Toy

    Amazing. And beautiful!

  • Toy

    thumbs up, definitely!!!!

  • edward

    Too much chaotic structure. But may appeal to the holiday trade.

  • xozno

    extremely beautiful! a new incredible way of thinking lux on holiday's houses

  • I like it, the colours though are a bit wierd

  • tom

    One of the best buildings I have seen in months. I love the exterior wrapped in fabric and the layout of the house

    • Are you sure that the fabric is not a temporary cover till the building is finished?
      Then your "love" would be funny, huh?

      As for the layout I could barely see it. The drawing is too unclear to analyze it in depth. But if you liked it's graphics in general then it's fine :)

  • Alexandra Campbell Interiors

    Definitely a cool place to hang out for a week or so, indeed the colours are a bit strange, but anything goes in Ibiza!

    • Oh yeah, it is really cool for Ibiza's rave parties… but what it has to do with architecture?

  • fma

    interesting combination of playful and lighthearted in terms of form and colour pallette, while also coming accross as somber and heavy handed in the structure and material category. A big test for this house will be in the way it ages as it has a lot of painted steel, and fabric (!) and integrates trees, or do things not grow old in Never Never land :) Overall pretty delightful.

  • RLKC

    The fact that this house is in Ibiza speaks alot about the purpose of this house indeed. In this context, its definitely effective, but definitely no-no if its for family-home.

  • pfa

    I don´t see how this design "integrates" the slope and much of the existing vegetation. Except for the one palm tree next to the dining area all I can see is clearing of the -before completely forested- land and extensive redevelopment of the slopes- and the concrete retaining walls are all but subtle.
    The vegetation has been greatly cleared and been replaced by LAWN- which is not exactly typical for untouched Ibithan flora either.
    Besides that, well, it´s a funny house. Definitely not timeless though.

    • angry catalan

      As far as I know (I might be wrong because I'm no botanist), the characteristic trees of the island are pine trees – the only palm tree native to that part of the Mediterranean is the fat, stubby kind with fan-like leaves. The tall, slender kind has been around for quite a while (in some parts since the Arabs, but further north, ie. Barcelona, since the XIXth century more or less), but the one you can see near the house was probably planted there by the architects or by the former owner of the plot (I'm guessing the former because it's rather short.)

      Again, I'm no botanist so I might be wrong.

  • Mark

    I'm OK with this sort of thing when we're talking about a DIY builder using scrap materials. But when every move is so deliberate the whimsey disappears and all I see is stupid.

  • ajua

    I think is a Horrible remake from the 80s

  • Felix

    the elevations are so eighties it hurts

    this is a really nice building completely ruined by the landscaping. i'm going to print it out as a reminder to myself

  • Pda

    Some architects like to be elegant. Some others dont. Anyway interesting.

  • bill

    Looks like someone sat on a Richard Rogers building. Awesome!

  • Andreas

    That is how buildings look like after a big earthquake!

  • roadkill

    Fantastic and a great antidote to boring projects and ‘simple’ one-liner diagrams… this is dirty and in your face architecture… a statement not stagnation

    • Sam

      The thing with statements like this is that everybody around has to live with it.

  • angry catalan

    When the traditional white houses of Eivissa are more modernistic and fun than a house this bizarre, then you know something has gone wrong. You must be quite the butcher to plagiarise Toyo Ito’s beautiful 80’s houses or Sanaa’s early stuff (Platform, etc.) so blatantly and turn them into a Frankenhouse.

    What irks me the most is that it reeks of cheap theory. There’s this trend in Spanish design, particularly in Madrid, where automatically piercing a hole where there’s a tree and using stilts where there’s a slope is called “Californian pragmatism”, but actually what they’re doing is not thinking hard enough about the place they’ve been given. So it looks very wacky but actually it’s simplistic and boring, and if you actually go out of your way to “funhouse-ise it up” you’re likely to find you’re designing with no ground under your feet. Madrid pragmatists also like to pretend light construction always makes houses dissappear into “the pleasures of everyday life” – which is sometimes true, and sometimes not. Here it isn’t.

    Maybe when Iñaki Ábalos formulated his theories on pragmatism he was talking about something else – certainly Mr Ábalos has never designed anything this boring.

    p.s.: this house isn’t really that bad.

  • j_11

    perfectly hideous,

    A profound tribute to the tacky, vacuous, synthesized "culture" of ibiza and the vile cattle who flock to the island.

  • Fizz

    Whereas the estate agent refers to a building in terms of its assets as 'Location, location,location!' an architect friend of mine refers to its aesthetics as 'Context, context, context!'. He does have a point. Suspiciously there doesn't seem to be a long shot image supporting the idea of, quote: 'integration with the natural surroundings'. Hmm, wonder why….

  • Yes

    Amazing, I really like this project. Definitely, one of the bests in 2010

  • Fert

    Lovely!!! Beatiful and political, these are the kind of things that we love about Andres Jaque Architecture. Congratulations!!!