Approaching “La Ricarda” through various hectares of land, overflowing with Mediterranean flora, Marita Gomis explains the history of the family home, commissioned by her parents more than 60 years ago.
Designed by Catalan architect Antonio Bonet, “La Ricarda” (also known as the Casa Gomis), is an archetype of mid-century modern design. Located in the town of Prat de Llobregat and backing on to a wide stretch of open coastline, the house is nestled within a large estate, surrounded by pine trees.
Originally designed in 1953, the house undertook a lengthy construction process, directed by Bonet remotely from Argentina, where he was living at the time. Coincidently, the build was managed by Emilio Bofill, the father of infamous local architect Ricardo Bofill.
On entering, an impressive reception area is bathed in natural light thanks to a full height glass wall, showcasing an interior atrium. This close connection between interior and exterior space continues throughout the house.
The structure is composed of a series of vaulted ceilings, typical of Catalan architectural style. Whilst the internal space is largely open-plan, low-level partitions provide separation, whilst enabling light to disperse through the entire house.
La Ricarda and its contents have been perfectly preserved thanks to the dedication of the Gomis family, the original surfaces, textiles and furniture remain intact, in their entirety.
The majority of furniture was designed by the architect and custom made for the house. In addition, there are various carefully curated international pieces, such as the dining chairs by Danish designer Hans J Wegner and a Japanese low wooden coffee table. The result is a blend of styles that compliment each other with a colour palette of muted ochre, sage green and tan.
The central living room is divided into distinct areas, surrounding a central fireplace and includes a “mesa de juegos” – games table.
A system of interlocking bricks filled with coloured glass, form a main feature of the construction and are visible throughout the house.
During the last 15 years of Franco’s Spain, Ricardo Gomis opened his home as a cultural refuge to some of the country’s leading creative figures, including Joan Miro and Antoni Tàpies.
Thanks to the Gomis family for the opportunity to discover their iconic home.