Deeply rooted in the volcanic origins of the island, the apartments are formed from shards of concrete, thrust upwards in dramatic form as if pushed by the energy below ground.
As alien and other-wordly as the surrounding lava landscape, the concrete shards are uncompromising – sharp, angular and hard. The shards take on the rust-brown hue of the surrounding lava – indeed, that lava has been crushed to constitute part of the concrete.
Despite this, the shards have a clear form all of their own – they might have been thrust up through the earth’s crust as the volcanoes, but they are undeniably concrete. Smooth surfaces, sharp geometric edges – all in contrast to the malpais (“bad lands”) around them.
But move in closer, and the overlapping shards have formed internal spaces. Dramatic volumes, acute angles, all embedded in the surrounding terrain, the stark white rendered internal surfaces contrasting with the dark grey polished concrete floors.
And through the glazing which forms the entire outward-facing façade, an extraordinary view down and across the volcanic landscape, studded with cones of differing colours.
In another nod to the island’s volcanic origins, each apartment is approached from above, down a staircase descending within a lava tube to a cool and refreshingly damp semi-subterranean antechamber, dramatically lit by shafts of sunlight during the day, and subtle lighting at night. From there, a large pivot-hung door allows access to the hidden inside and the stunning view beyond.