Single Family House / Binisafua House


Binisafua House


Binisafua, Menorca,Spain

This single-storey house with a surface area of 130 square metres with a conventional second home layout is on the south coast of the island of Menorca, between Cap d’en Font and the Binisafua beach, built on a rocky strip in the shape of a small bay with islets. The building has a foundation skirting made of mares stone directly on the rocks themselves, which flatten out the slight irregularities in the level of the terrain. This skirting, which is continuous all around the perimeter of the house, is also an intermediary space  with the accesses and pergolas, the outside shower and the small swimming pool, the curved wall and the barbeque, the access to the upstairs solarium, the patio and finally the front porch.

In this part of the island the properties are laid out along long and narrow stretches of land and perpendicular to the coast, and separated by low dry stone walls. The house is “Y” shaped built around a triangular patio opening out to the porch and to the outside, also making up the façade facing the sea, slightly rounded with respect to the building. The architectural proportions and the simplicity of the white walls on the outside succeed in enabling the building to blend into into the landscape.

In the inside, the house itself creates its own geometric laws: the location of various openings, the small crossed air and ventilation holes, the articulation node in the centre of the house with mobile arches, or the crevices through which the sea can be seen, the sloping of the main façade, or the dynamic and asymmetric shape of the patio.

The house is built with 40 x 8 x 4 white blocks and stucco made with the coloured earth that is normally found on the island: reddish, ochre, sienna, blue…

The wall rendering of the interior walls is plaster finished with DM wooden cladding in various shades of grey and blue.

The exterior woodwork is entirely of teak, some of it treated with oil and the rest painted white.


Carlos Ferrater


CARLOS FERRATER. PREMIO NACIONAL DE ARQUITECTURA. 2009. Ed. Ministerio de Fomento. ISBN 978 84 498 0921 7. p. 50; 130-131;

CARLOS FERRATER. OAB. 2006. Editorial Manel Padura. 978-84-934525-6-8. p. 58-65;

CARLOS FERRATER. MATERIALITY. 2003. Joan Sabaté. Barcelona Torho S.A. ISBN: 84-89698-76-7. p. 46-53;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. E. Mantese. 2000. Munilla-Lería. Madrid. 84-89150-40-0. p. 42-47;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. W. Curtis. 2000. 2º Edición. Editorial Actar. 84-95273-40-3. p. 200-207;

CARLOS FERRATER. Intr. W. Curtis. 1998. 1º Edición. Editorial Actar. 84-95273-40-3. p. 168-175;

CARLOS FERRATER. MATERIALIDAD. 1997. Edita Torho-Valenciana de Cementos. D.L.:GI-1229-97. p. 34-41;

CARLOS FERRATER. Ignasi de Solà-Morales . 1995. COAC. (www.editorialelecta.com). B23715-995. p. 42-45;

PIEZA ESPECIAL. 1994. Torho. ISBN: 84-7653-466-3

CARLOS FERRATER. OBRAS Y PROYECTOS 90’S. 1993. Catálogo de la Exposiciones. Galería Antonio de Barnola. Editorial Actar. Barcelona. p. 22;

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Book Chapters Capítulos en Libro Capítols en Llibre

EL ARTE DE CONSTRUIR. 1999. Valenciana de Cementos.

HOUSES BY THE SEA. 1998. ISBN: 2-7450-0001-2. p. 130-139;

ARCO COLOUR. 1997. Arco Editorial. p. 50-61;


ARQUITECTURA AL DETALLE. 1997. 10,1-10,13;

ARCO COLOUR. 1997. Arco Editorial. 50-61;

CASAS IBÉRICAS. Nº36. 1995. Casa en Estartit. p. 34-39;

ARQUITECTURA ESPAÑOLA. 1995 . Josep Mª Montaner. p. 6; 32-38;

THE BALEARIC ISLANDS, SHAPING THE 21ST CENTURY. 1995. Living. Govern Balear. p. 20-21;

CASAS IBÉRICAS. Nº36. 1995. Casa en Estartit. p. 34-39;

ARCHITECTURAL HOUSES. Nº Vol. 3. 1992. Houses by the sea. Ediciones Atrium.

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Cathalogs Catálogos Catàlegs

TORHO. FERRATER – TOVOT. 2005. Obras realizadas con pieza prefabricada de hormigón FERRATER-TOVOT. p. 18-19;

PIEZA ESPECIAL. 1994. Torho. ISBN: 84-7653-466-3.

MUESTRA DE ARQUITECTURA LA VIVIENDA UNIFAMILIAR EN MENORCA. 1950-1990. 1992. Joan Enric Vilardell. COAB Menorca. p. 73;

ARQUITECTURA CONTEMPORÀNIA A MENORCA. 1991. Vivienda unifamiliar Aíllada. III. St Lluís. Arq, Vilardell i Pons. COAB/Ajunt. St. LLuís/Inst. Menorquí d’estudis. p. Portada; 24-25;

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Magazines Revistas Revistes

B y N DOMINICAL. Nº45. Sep, 2001. Escala humana – Espacios íntimos de Carlos Ferrater. Binisafúa, Menorca. (9.09.2001). p. 84-85;

EL HIBRIDO. Nº3. Mar, 1996. Arquitectura. Jano. p. 37-45;

MAGAZINE LA VANGUARDIA. May, 1996. (26.05.1006).

CASABELLA. Nº638. Oct, 1996. Milán. p. 51;

KONSTRUKTIEF. Nº2. 1995. p. 32-38;

HAUSER. Nº5. 1994. Stille tage auf Menorca. p. 46-49;

NUEVO ESTILO. Nº197. Ago, 1994. De un solo trazo. Eva Millet. p. 71-77;

DISEÑO INTERIOR. Nº4. Ene, 1994. Monografía casas. Madrid. p. 14-19;

ARQUITECTURA VIVA. Nº28. Ene, 1993. p. 24;

INTERNI. Nº421. Jun, 1992. Un archittetura di fronte al mare. Virna e Mirko Mejetta. p. 112-115;

DISEÑO INTERIOR. 1991. Casas – Doce soluciones de vivienda unifamiliar. Casa Guibernau. p. 14-19;

DISEÑO INTERIOR. Nº6. Jul, 1991. Viviendas. Madrid. p. 64-69;

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Guides Guías Guies

MENORCA. 1998. Col.legi Oficial d’Arquitectes de Balears. p. 130;

Playa de Binisafua, Menorca