House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

  • 20 Nov 2012
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© Diego Opazo

Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Calpe, Alicante,
Design Team: Fran Silvestre, María José Sáez
Structure: David Gallardo
Technical Architect: Vicente Ramos, Esperanza Corrales, Javier Delgado
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Area: 242 sqm
Photographs: Diego Opazo

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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

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.

North West Elevation
Cite: "House on the Cliff / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos" 20 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <>


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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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