City House by SMS Arquitectos features a second-floor townhouse extension that explores new possibilities with plywood.

A children's play area.

In order not to overload its original stone walls, this townhouse in a peaceful neighborhood in the Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca gets a second-floor extension of lightweight plywood, bringing its usable floor area up to 2,000 square feet. 

A street view of City House reveals its cheerful, teal accents.

A street view of City House reveals its cheerful, teal accents.

Courtesy of Luis Diaz Diaz

A terrace and pool at the back of the house allow the homeowners to enjoy the clement weather.

A terrace and pool at the back of the house allow the homeowners to enjoy the clement weather.

Courtesy of Luis Diaz Diaz

The home—owned by architects Alberto Sanchez and Aina Salva of Spanish studio SMS Aquitectos, who also designed the extension—explores the local manufacturing of plywood elements with a CNC router, and taps into the the carpentry heritage of the island of Mallorca to create the floor and framework for the extension. 

A stable and sturdy plywood system was used as the foundation for the new second-floor extension.

A stable and sturdy plywood system was used as the foundation for the new second-floor extension.

Courtesy of SMD Arquitectos

See the full story on Dwell.com: A Luminous Plywood Addition Crowns This Mallorca Townhouse

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