Between digital fabrication and traditional manufacturing: a house in Palma de Mallorca

Spanish studio SMS Architects renovates a terraced house using an unusual structural system of CNC cut plywood.

SMS Architects, Plywood House, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2018

The Plywood House is the extension of a terraced house in a quiet neighborhood of Palma de Mallorca, Spain. SMS Architects has designed a unique plywood structure, fabricated with CNC machines. The lightweight system allows you to add a floor without overloading the existing stone walls. Another important feature is the refined research by the Spanish studio to find traditional manufactures survived on the island.

The starting point of the project is the standard size of commonly available panels: 244x122cm. From this basic element, SMS Architects has conceived a structure that can be prefabricated and subsequently brought un site. It is also completely flexible and adaptable to other buildings. The wood is left raw and exposed, and is combined with the furniture and windows. The project is not functionally divided but according to “atmospheric zones”, in which we find different zones of climatic and light comfort. Only the kitchen and service spaces have a defined use.

SMS Architects, Plywood House, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2018
SMS Architects, Plywood House, Palma de Mallorca, Spain, 2018
Plywood House
Palma de Mallorca
SMS Architects – Aina Salva, Alberto Sanchez

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