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House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 20 November, 2012
House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, © Diego Opazo
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From the architect. 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. In the inflection point, the stairway proposes a evocative path, a garden in the basement...

© Diego Opazo
© 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. 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.

© Diego Opazo
© Diego Opazo
Cite: "House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos" [Casa En Un Acantilado / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos] 20 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Visar · June 07, 2015

Truly great!

Norma Loya · June 06, 2015


alroma · February 15, 2015

I am so conflicted about this building! And the architects who are responsible for it. If you have downloaded the images from the Dropbox link I supplied previously, you will see that the building is not located in this landscape, but nearby and that it is not possible to view it from the angles or in the views in which it is shown. I would be surprised if you were not disappointed by what you see there. Perhaps not all architecture references its context, but this one surely does and which is exactly why it was presented in the way that it was, that is to say not in the context that it was actually built in but in the one that it was imagined for. Over and above the particulars of the design, it is self evident from the montages supplied by the architects — since they are not photographs at all —that their clear intention, the nature of the reference, their chosen architectural device, is to contrast and counterpoint human sculptural values against natural ones. And which they do to superlative effect. As a device, however, the limitation of contrast is that it rests on the qualities of each party in the relationship to show off the other and where in this case the relative mediocrity of the actual site does not suffice. Hence the montages.

The quality of the building in the photographs of the article demonstrate the brilliance of the architects vision of their building in the landscape, but in the end, there may be art here, but how can there be architecture? I could have easily travelled to see this building but I would made a fool of by the architects, had I done so.

Alec Macleod · April 11, 2014

I absolutely love this building and the location is truly exotic — except I am convinced that it has been montaged into another landscape! If you go to Google Earth you will see that it is close to other buildings. You would never have known and hats off the the architects and photographers to put their building in the best light! Totally agree with Peter G and others about the timeless form — so much gimmick out there that substitutes for authentic architecture.

pallas anders · October 07, 2014 10:22 PM

do you have a link for Google Maps? I tried searching around Calpe where the house is in Spain with no results. would love to see it aerially

Annie Miller · December 31, 2012

I love the architectural design and its style. I love houses that sets its own boundaries and does not conform to the usual styles and shapes.

Peter G · November 29, 2012

Great work and excellent photographs! An other example that we don't need all these bizarre fashionable shapes, all these 'Monday morning designs', but simply simple form, which can be called timeless. Architects, please go back to silent simplicity, not to short lived fashion!

lork · November 27, 2012


Miljan Cvijeti? · November 26, 2012

One of the most beautiful exteriors I have seen! Well done!

Reza · November 26, 2012

look simple and beautiful

Dev · November 21, 2012

ok..whats wrong with these spanish guys..their buildings are as flawless as their football!!

Gonzalo · November 21, 2012

house is beautiful, the view is majestic and she is hot!

deepak · November 21, 2012

Loved it!


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