In 1951 the industrial engineer Eustaquio Ugalde buys a wooded plot on a hill facing the sea in Caldes d’Estrac, about 40 km from Barcelona. Sitting under a carob tree and enjoying its wonderful views over the Mediterranean horizon, he decides to build a holiday home in this idyllic spot that allows him to enjoy it and at the same time take charge of maintaining the landscape to its fullest in its original state.
The marriage Ugalde (1) entrusts the project to his friend José Antonio Coderch, who at that time is 38 years old and has already started to build some houses together with his partner Manuel Valls (2). This assignment will be key for Coderch because it will discover resources that will be used for the rest of his career, thus initiating a stage of maturity and recognition.
The privileged position of the land with its panoramic views over the sea, together with its topography and vegetation, are decisive for the project and the construction of the house. From the client’s indications and the meticulous study of the terrain “in situ” the first sketches and writings of the intentions are born. (3 y 4).
In the design phase, the order becomes a real obsession both for the client and for the architect himself. The notes on the views, on the geometry and the pre-existences of the terrain are complex and demanding. These give way to plans constantly modified and corrected until the last phases. (5 y 6).