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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 THE CLIFF in Alicante, Spain by FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS

 
August 30th, 2013 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.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

  • Architects: FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS
  • Project: HOUSE ON THE CLIFF
  • Location: Toix Mascarat, Calpe, Alicante, Spain
  • Photography: Diego Opazo
  • STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: David Gallardo, UPV
  • BUILDING ENGINEER: Vicente Ramos, Esperanza Corrales, Javier Delgado
  • INTERIOR DESIGN: ALFARO HOFMANN
  • VIDEO: Alfonso Calza
  • MARKETING & COMMUNICATION: Adrián Mora, Architect
  • COLLABORATORS: Fran Ayala Arquitecto, Ángel Fito  Arquitecto
  • CONTRACTOR: Construcciones Alabort

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

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…

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

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.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

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.

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © Diego Opazo

Image Courtesy © FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS

Image Courtesy © FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS

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