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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

House on Cliffside in Alicante, Spain by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

 
November 24th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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.

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  • Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
  • Project: House on Cliffside
  • Location: Calp, Alicante, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • PROJECT TEAM:
    Fran Silvestre | Principal in charge
    María José Sáez | Principal in charge
    Maria Masià | Collaborator Architect
    Adrián Mora | Collaborator Architect
    Jordi Martínez | Collaborator Architect
    José V. Miguel | Collaborator Architect
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: David Gallardo | UPV

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  • BUILDING ENGINEER:
    Vicente Ramos
    Esperanza Corrales
    Javier Delgado
  • INTERIOR DESIGN: ALFARO HOFMANN
  • VIDEO: Alfonso Calza ( TRAILER. http://vimeo.com/45128571 FULL VIDEO. https://vimeo.com/52162380 )
  • MARKETING & COMMUNICATION: Adrián Mora | Architect
  • COLLABORATORS: Fran Ayala | Arquitecto, Ángel Fito | Arquitecto
  • CONTRACTOR: Construcciones Alabort
  • SITE AREA: 962,84 m
  • BUILT AREA: 242,00 m2  
  • COST (P.E.M.): 650.000 euros

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  • BUILDING SERVICESSanitaryware:
    Toilet and bidet | Arquitect Suspendido, Noken. (Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Wash-basins | Arquitect Suspendido, Noken(Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Sanitary Fittings | Lounge,  Noken. (Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Lighting | Fluorescent linear lights.
    Light Fittings  | LS 990 Series, Jung
    Conditioning | Heating and cooling ceiling system
    FINISHES:
    Paving: Interiors | Polished Thassos white L’Antic Colonial (Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Exteriors | Sandblasted Blanco Almería marble slabs, L’Antic Colonial (Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Surfaces: Interiors | Plasterwork
    White coated MDF panels RAL 9016
    Bathrooms | KRION, SYSTEMPOOL (Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Exteriors | Thermal insulation + white external render (Sate Vipal / Parex)
    Suspended ceiling: Smooth plasterboard panels
    Paint: Walls and ceiling | Matt plastic paint RAL 9016

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  • METALWORK&LOCKSMITHING:
    Interior: Internal and cupboard doors | White lacquered MDF RAL  9016
    Exterior: Natural finish anodized aluminium (Vitrocsa)
    Glazing: Clear toughened double-glazed unit (8+10+8) (Vitrocsa)
    Locksmithing: White lacquered steel RAL 9016
    Laminated tempered glass, 10+10.4
  • EQUIPMENTSKitchen:
    Model G-480, Gamadecor  (Studio2) (Grupo Porcelanosa).
    Kitchen counter | SYSTEMPOOL (Grupo Porcelanosa)
    Interior furniture:
    Dining room table | Neta Dynamobel
    Dining room chairs | Trazo Dynamobel
    Sofa | Definy Grassoler
    Lamps | Flos
    Exterior furniture:
    Modular sofas | Flat, Gandía Blasco design. Mario Ruiz
    Chairs | Clip, Gandía Blasco design. Mario Ruiz

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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.

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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.

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