Laura Ortín Creates a Unique Holiday Retreat in the Coastal Town of Horadada, Spain

Perched among a row of houses and set along the Mediterranean coast, this property has been overhauled for a family who needed to expand upon their holiday home.


The firm Laura Ortín Arquitectura were responsible for redesigning the building and overseeing its progress. The results is a cool, contemporary home which sports some beach vibes.



The terraced beach house is set in a coastal town in Torre de la Horadada in Spain. It was once a fisherman’s village, but over time it’s become a popular destination for holiday makers. This particular project saw the redevelopment of a 968.75-square-foot (90-square-meter) home.



Simply titled “The Beach House”, the property was once a much more traditional building. However, with the influx of visitors these houses saw themselves converted to “urban beach houses”, with little or no trace of their history. The only action left for Ortín to take was to create a new modern home that departed from the status quo of the area.


The result is a contemporary angular building. It’s been finished in white, both inside and out, and promotes outdoor living through its two terraces and an outdoor pool to the rear. The upper floor, which contains the main living area, is finished in a mix of wood ceilings, white walls, and marble floors.


From the architects: “The light volume rotates away from the alignment (and alienation) so as to look out to the watchtower, symbol of the town and whose orientation is the ideal one in this East Coast. It is built with a metallic structure supported on the load-bearing walls of the house below and the SATE system is used in the façade, whose color is inspired in the wind power’s turbines….


…The house is fresh, cozy and illuminated, essential qualities to rest and disconnect during holidays.”


Photos © David Frutos

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.

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