Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Projects Wanted - House on the Cliff, by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos


House on the Cliff is the second project presented in "Projects Wanted" section, sent to our blog by its authors - the Spanish Architecture office Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, from the city of Valencia.

We are open to receive projects from all around the world, regardless of their dimension or typology. Please send us high quality photos (indicating their authors), drawings and descriptive texts in English to our Marketing e-mail - It will be our pleasure to help spreading new Architecture concepts and ideas.




We like the virtue of architecture which makes possible constructing a house on air, walking on water...
An abrupt plot of land overlooking the sea, where what is best is to do nothing. It invites to stay.
A piece that respects the land's natural contour is set in it.
Above, a shadow, the house itself, looking calmly at the Mediterranean.
Under the sun, the swimming-pool brings us closer to the sea, it becomes a quiet cove.
In the inflection point, the stairway proposes a evocative path, a garden in the basement...

Due to the steepness of the plot and the desire to contain the house in just one level, a three-dimensional structure of reinforced concrete slabs and screens adapting to the plot's topography was chosen, thus minimizing the earthwork. This monolithic, stone-anchored structure generates a horizontal platform from the accessing level, where the house itself is located. The swimming-pool is placed on a lower level, on an already flat area of the site. The concrete structure is insulated from the outside and then covered by a flexible and smooth white lime stucco. The rest of materials, walls, pavements, the gravel on the roof... all maintain the same colour, respecting the traditional architecture of the area, emphasizing it and simultaneously underlining the unity of the house.

- Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos will receive the RED DOT AWARD for this project, in the category of Architecture and Urban Design. The ceremony will on July 1st, in Essen, Germany. Congratulations and many thanks to have sharing this project with us!

Photos: Diego Opazo

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