Ask says there were two basic principles that the team laid out before building the Pink House. “The first one was obvious; we would not touch or cut any olive trees,” he says. “That reduced our list of places to build significantly. The second was not moving any rocks,” he adds. A large stone in the Pink House became the focal point of the design, while pink stucco with an orange tinge enhances the richness of the olive trees visible around the house.
Built against a rock, the Purple House was once used for housing tools many centuries ago. Presented with an incredibly narrow space, mar plus ask focused on bringing light into the building through an expansive frameless window. The deep purple colour was chosen for its properties – the complementary colour of an olive tree leaf. Fluid concrete was selected for the floor of both houses, marking a significant transition from the exterior to the interior.