In December 2015, Spanish architect, designer, and artist, Guillermo Santomà finished work on Casa Horta, a 1920s-built house situated in El Guinardó, a neighborhood on the north-east edge of Barcelona. Behind an unassuming grey exterior, Santomà had envisioned, and executed, a live-in work of art. The previously derelict three-story house’s interior was shape-shifted with a contrasting color palette of candy floss pinks, deep-sea blues, and forest greens, striking geometry, and a genius use of light and space. He revealed to the New York Times that Casa Horta was built without ‘an architectural plan’ and aided by “five guys who had only very basic notions of construction.” It had taken just four months for the transformation to be completed. Fully functional, it is home to Santomà, his partner, graphic designer Raquel Quevedo, and their young son, Jan. They live alongside Santomà’s designs, Quevedo’s, and the work of other artists they admire, such as a giant foot by Sterling Ruby.
This show-stopping, rule-breaking artistic intervention enraptured the world and, understandably, Casa Horta is the piece-de-resistance of Santomà’s oeuvre – but transformation is a key thread throughout his creative practice.