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House on Cliffside (Casa del Acantilado)

The study of Valencian Fran Silvestre recently completed one of the most amazing projects in architecture refers residential. This is the Cliff House, a stunning detached house situated in Altea (Alicante) that seems to be suspended in the air while hovering suggestively the Mediterranean Sea.

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This project was conceived as a solution to a problem posed by the client wanted a house arranged on one floor and placed on a rough terrain, with a slope of 80%. The result of these needs, emerges a project whose main premises were integration with the natural space around him in a clean architectural design, stripped of ornaments, geometric and forceful.

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Surprisingly impressive building of the structure that converts flown almost all housing projects in a viewpoint that views towards the sea. Special mention has terrace area which was used Almería Sand White Marble Home of L’Antic Colonial. An open space predominantly white which highlights the infinity pool where the water line merge with the horizon and the sea.

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For the interiors, the team of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has done an interesting game of “transparency” with glass walls and windows, together with a uniform white color, give a special brightness to the space. Consistent with the other elements, the pavement has been used inside the Thassos White Marble Polishing L’Antic Colonial. For its part, the furniture of the kitchen is the G-480 Gamadecor and countertop is made Krion ®, the compact ore Systempool. Another contribution to housing Porcelanosa Group is the faucet Lounge designed by Italian Simone Micheli for Noken.

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An image dream come true with the team of Fran Silvestre build a house gets airborne and invites us to “wander” over the waters of the Mediterranean.

  • Living rooms and bedrooms are contained within the protruding upper storey and offer panoramic views through an entirely glazed facade.
  • A staircase climbs through and across an exterior wall to connect these rooms with an infinity pool and terrace.
  • Concrete was used for the entire structure, but the walls were coated in stucco to create the clean white aesthetic.
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Fran Silvestre Arquitectos:

This project is constructed on an abrupt plot of land overlooking the sea. A profile piece that respects the land’s natural contour is set in it. At shadow, the house looks calmly at the Mediterranean Sea and under the sun, the swimming pool brings us closer to the sea, it becomes a quiet cove.

At the inflection point, the stairway proposes a evocative path, a garden in the basement.

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Keeping in mind 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.

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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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Project Data:

Project name: House on Cliffside (Casa del Acantilado)
Location: Carrer Llevant, Alicante, Spain
Coordinates: 38.636755, 0.010461
Type:

  • Type By Characteristic: Modern House
  • Type By Site: Mountain House
  • Type By Size: Medium House – (201 sqm – 450 sqm)
  • Type By Materials: Concrete House

Project Area: 242 sqm
Site Area: 962.84 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Status: Built
Cost: 650.000 euros
Completion Year: 2011

The people:

Client / Owner / Developer: Fernando Sempere Montés
Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, San Vicente Martir 160, 1, 46007 Valencia, Spain
Project Architect: Fran Silvestre, María José Sáez
Project Team: Maria Masià, Adrián Mora, Jordi Martínez, José V. Miguel
Collaborators: Fran Ayala, Ángel Fito
Structural Engineer: David Gallardo
Building Engineer: Vicente Ramos, Esperanza Corrales, Javier Delgado
Contractor: Construcciones Alabor
Text Description: © Courtesy of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Images: © Diego Opazo, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

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