'house on the cliff' by fran silvestre arquitectos, calpe, alicante, spain
image © diego opazo
all images courtesy of fran silvestre arquitectos
overlooking the mediterranean sea, the 'house on the cliff' is positioned upon an abrupt plot of land in calpe, alicante, spain. designed by
valencia-based fran silvestre arquitectos, the living spaces of the residence are spread over four floors to minimize adjustments to the topography.
respecting the natural contours, the structure is anchored by stone. the white lime stucco recalls the traditional architecture of the area.
continuing onto all planes including walls and paved surfaces, the dwelling becomes unified amidst a backdrop of rocky mountains.
set upon a platform on the lowest level, a swimming pool terrace opens to the dramatic ocean view. leading up from the pool deck,
an outdoor stair is attached to the monolithic concrete exterior allowing inhabitants to change levels while gazing towards the scenery.
before passing through a portal within the exterior wall, a landing allows for a moment of pause with a view. turning around the corner,
they continue their climb within a sheltered area beneath to highest storey of the home. the living room, dining, kitchen and bedrooms
are situated at the top level. panoramic vistas are offered from a veranda which runs the length of the upper floor plate. outside, the passageway leading
to the main entrance is carved within a space between the home and cliff enabling the craggy landscape to double as a backdrop to the kitchen.
project name: house on the cliff
architecture: fran silvestre arquitectos
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)
building engineer: vicente ramos, esperanza corrales, javier delgado
interior design: alfaro hofmann
fotography: diego opazo
video: alfonso calza
marketing & communication: adrián mora (architect)
collaborators: fran ayala (arquitecto), ángel fito (arquitecto)
contractor: construcciones alabort
location: toix mascarat. calpe. alicante
site area: 962,84 m2
built area: 242,00 m2
cost (p.e.m.): 650.000 EUR