fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliff
 
fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliff
nov 19, 2012

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliff

‘house on the cliff’ by fran silvestre arquitectos, calpe, alicante, spainimage © diego opazoall 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. 

aerial viewimage © diego opazo

monolithic white form within the craggy landscapeimage © diego opazo

viewimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffmountain backdropimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the clifffacade overlooking the seaimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffbalcony is cantileveredimages © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffstairway from living spaces to the lower swimming terraceimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffoutdoor stair leads down to swimming terraceimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffseating areaimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffpool deckimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffview from seatingimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffstairs leading down from upper level living spacesimages © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffscenic viewimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffliving roomimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliff(left)sea view from kitchen(right) cliff backdropimages © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffkitchenimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffconcealed kitchen componentsimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffsink with cliff backgroundimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffbedroomsimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffpathway between residence and mountainside image © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffentry pathwayimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffdrivewayimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffilluminated stairwayimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffat nightimage © diego opazo

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffbalconyimage © diego opazo

 

 

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffmodel

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffmodel

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffmodel

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the clifffloor plan / level 0

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the clifffloor plan / level 1

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the clifffloor plan / level 2

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffroof plan

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffsection

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffsection

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffsection

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffelevation

 

 

fran silvestre arquitectos: house on the cliffsketch

 

 

project info:

 

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

  • thumbs up for emotionally impoverished pristine pathology

    dbkii
  • Stunning.
    Pure Art in architecture. I found myself not caring what the inside looked like while I was viewing the artfully composed photographs of the exterior and its setting.
    I am speechless (so to speak).
    I have house envy.
    Thanks!

    Ron Smith
  • Too much architecture. Not enough design.

    Mort D'Urban
  • yes, wunderschöne Architektur, kraftvoll und stark, wie ich es liebe! Gut gemacht, und erst noch zu einem super Preis.

    René Düsel
  • Interesting comments
    we all “feather” our nests to suit our personalities in different ways
    as do we choose the structures in which we live
    these are the many different ways we express ourselves… that we differentiate ourselves from others
    strong statements of this can be made very quietly or very loudly
    some become iconic…. some fade with time
    this Vermont transgendered artist has no intention of fading :))))))))

    Paedra
  • A handsome and clever design totally lacking in humanity. Views up and down the coastline are far more interesting than staring out at the sea day after day after day. It could be converted into a trendy sushi bar.

    Fred A. Saas, architect
  • Fantastico!

    nelsonDReyes
  • What a wasted opportunity to design something that would compliment the local landscape and still have visual impact. I will admit that I really do like the hidden elements in the kitchen. (You can only look at so many stainless steel stoves/ovens/cooktops…) Having them hidden was actually refreshing for me.

    Nicholaus
  • I find it sad when a site is turned into a Neon Sign that mostly displays ego. There was one recently from Chile that was 10X more suited for the site. However, I do love the design.

    JimCan
  • Works for me. What a location.
    I dig the cliffs. What’s the rock climbing like in the neighborhood?
    Love the impoverished isolation and the pristine desolation.
    You can’t have good dreams if all you have is nightmares.
    I would like to add a slide down to the pool area except,
    it would mess with this beautifully designed, well thought out, architecture.
    Actually, there were fingerprints on the glasses down at the pool side table.
    Here on Maui, anyone who lives next to the ocean does have a pool. Go figure.
    Very well photographed. It would be nice to see the construction pictures.

    Dan
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