Modern design and art for an exclusive home in Somo Boo

The design of the summer house by cultural manager Fernando Francés, located in the privileged and exclusive urbanization of Somo Boo, “arose naturally after the first visit to the place, on a late summer’s evening,” recalls the Cantabrian architect. Eduardo Fernández-Abascal, author of this 700 square meter home, facing south, with spectacular views of the Cubas estuary, Peña Cabarga and its mountains.

It consists of three rooms, the main one with direct access to a small, sheltered garden where you can have breakfast or sit and read. But the first thing that catches your attention is the furniture. Unique, collector’s pieces from the Modern Movement (1925 and 1965), which Francés has been acquiring all over the world.

Sometimes, the art expert took advantage of his trips to go to a gallery or auction houses. But he has also expressly traveled to countries like Mauritania to acquire pieces by designers such as Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, or the French architect and designer Charlotte Perriand.

From its walls hang works by painters of the stature of Olafur Elliasson, Sol Lewitt, Yoshitomo Nara and the Cantabrian Juan Uslé, among others.

Daniel Pedriza


The house is designed to make the most of the good days, and not so good, of the summer period, but also to make the most of the garden during autumn or winter getaways. This is due to its good orientation and its design with an ‘L’-shaped plan, which allows shelter from the garden, where a pool is located, like an elongated sheet of water.

The structure of the building also allows the day and night areas to be clearly differentiated in the two bodies of the ‘L’. The organization also creates a protected garden area, with views over the estuary, to which most of the rooms open.

As for the materials that make up this home, the exterior includes treated concrete, aluminum coatings, oak lattices, and a profusion of glass. Inside: white limestone, oak tiles, rubber flooring and silicate paints.

Without a doubt, it is a house to enjoy with all five senses, without rushing, dedicating time to yourself, from any of its bright rooms.

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