The Nagoya, Tatu and Cesta family lamps enjoy privileged views at Casa Ugalde, one of the first masterpieces by the modernist architect José Antonio Coderch, in collaboration with Manuel Valls.
This house is located in Caldes d´Estrac, a town on the coast 40 km north of Barcelona. It was commissioned in 1951 by a friend of Coderch, the industrial engineer Ugalde Urosa, who used to walk on the hill where Casa Ugalde is currently located. This location, surrounded by a thick Mediterranean pine forest and offering a spectacular view of the sea, marked the design of this unique house. In this idyllic spot, the Ugalde family wanted to build a house that fully respected its setting.
So, Coderch proposed a house composed of white volumes that arise from nature adapting to the complex topography and leaning out to contemplate the magnificent views. An irregular, open and free construction formed by unique and changing spaces under the light that merge with the environment giving way to the sea.
The combination of this spontaneous, natural structure with the use of materials typical of Mediterranean popular architecture, such as stone walls, tiled roofs and terracotta tiles, make Casa Ugalde a landmark of modern architecture.
In the year 2000, the prestigious Japanese magazine a+u selected Casa Ugalde as one of the 33 most important houses of the 20th century in the world. In 2003, the Government of Catalonia declared Casa Ugalde a Cultural Asset of National Interest.