Exterior image of the street-facing elevation of Brick House

Sanchis Olivares creates minimalist white brick home in Spain

Spanish practice Sanchis Olivares used white clay bricks for this home in the suburbs of Valencia, which features an outdoor food preparation area and oven for cooking the city's regional dish, paella.

The dwelling, named Brick House, occupies a long, narrow site near the city of La Eliana that was formerly used as a tennis court and is sheltered by trees around its perimeter.

Exterior image of the rear of Brick House and its swimming pool
Brick House was designed by Sanchis Olivares

Organised along a central "spine", the home is wrapped by minimal, white brick walls, enclosing certain areas of the home. Others are opened up with courtyards, low benches and countertops that aim to create "human-scaled" communal areas.

"The lack of collective life in the streets of this urban model leads us to a typology that looks inwards, protecting and enclosing the exterior space in search of the user's relationship with it," explained the practice.

Exterior image of an outdoor dining area at the brick-clad Brick House
It is located in the suburbs of Valencia

"On the east facade there are openings, gaps and a courtyard that allow morning light to enter the rooms, while on the western side there is a flat, opaque facade that seeks shelter from the sun under the surrounding vegetation," it continued.

"The size of each [brick] allows us to approximate the volumetric forcefulness that defines the exterior image of the project to the human scale."

Exterior image of the entrance to Brick House
Gaps and openings in the walls of the building open up to courtyards

Entry to the home is via a deep, sheltered cut-out in its facade, leading to the main en-suite bedroom and study and two further bedrooms on the first floor, which overlook the street through a single square window.

A central corridor runs through the home from north to south, linking the more private areas at the front of the home to a large, L-shaped living, dining and kitchen area at the rear and allowing air to circulate through the space.

Sliding glass doors connect this space to a concrete patio with a swimming pool, outdoor shower and a paellero – an outdoor cooking space sheltered from the southern sun by a pergola built from pine slats.

The tall white chimney of this outdoor oven creates a focal point in the garden of the home, rising alongside a low section of wall that creates a bar and preparation area next to a seating area.

Glass sliding doors open up to a covered outdoor dining area at Brick House
The home has a minimal and simplistic finish

"[The home] culminates in the vertical element that shapes the paellero, a key element in Valencian social life," said the practice.

The simplicity of the exterior is carried through to the interiors, with pale wooden floors, white walls and concealed storage framing deep-set windows and doors.

Interior image of a white kitchen area at the Spanish home
The living area is L-shaped in plan

Elsewhere in Spain, an outdoor cooking area also featured in architecture studio Jordi Hidalgo Tané's extension adding a subterranean concrete annexe to a rural stone building in Navvara.

Spanish architects Marià Castelló and José Antonio Molina embedded a concrete family home in a rocky site overlooking the sea in Costa Brava.

The photography is by Álvaro Olivares.

More images and plans

Ground floor plan of Brick House
Ground floor plan
First floor plan of Brick House
First floor plan
Section drawing of Brick House
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Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain
Sanchis Olivares completes minimal white brick home in Spain