Spanish architect designs 'fantasy' football-shaped house for Messi

Posted by Chris Wright

As part of a conceptual house-design campaign, Spanish architect Luis de Garrido was tasked with drafting a design for a "fantasy client" who, it just so happens, is Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

The swanky design de Garrido came up with is called "One-Zero," a nod to Messi's squad number for both club and country. The design features a circular dwelling with an eco-friendly rooftop lawn laid in hexagonal segments to create the image of a football when viewed from above.

Completing the concept is the turf-topped double garage/gatehouse block at the front of the property, which de Garrido designed to look like the number 1 from above, meaning the two buildings together resemble the No. 10 from a bird's-eye view.

According to his accompanying blurb (via Inhabitat), de Garrido designed the house to be situated in the forested land of the Llavaneres Sant Andreu municipality, roughly 20 miles north of Barcelona.

Half the roof would be covered with grass, while the other half would comprise a grid of mirrored glass that allows sunlight to enter the entire interior of the house. The building would meet a gargantuan swimming pool at the rear.

And presumably an assortment of tropical vines would overhang the perimeter of the garden if Carles Puyol wants to come round for the afternoon.


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