Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

© Fernando Alda

Architects: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Location: Valencia,
Project Architects: Fran Silvestre Navarro, Maria Jose Sáez
Project Team: Carlos García Mateo, Pedro Vicente López López, José Vicente Miguel López, José Ángel Ruíz Millo, Fernando Usó Martín, Alexandre Marcos
Structural Engineering: David Gallardo Llopis
Interior Design: Alfaro Hofmann
Client: Naves y Fábricas, S.L. | Guillermo Caballero de Luján
Contractor: COARCO
Site Area: 1,150 sqm
Project Area: 782.85 sqm
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Fernando Alda

A House in a urban area parts of the desire to maximize the feeling of spaciousness.

ground floor plan
basement floor plan

Two strategies are used. The principal is to release the largest possible in the middle of the site allowing you to enjoy a private space with a height and volume incalculable. It enhances the perimeter of contact with the outside housing, land and housing understood as a continuum. On the other hand uses the existing slope to the ravine next to illuminate the basement, which enables you to host the program.

© Fernando Alda

The building is developed along the southern and western boundaries of the parcel, which together with the elements of urbanization of the site, form a kind of atrium, whose diagonal flight to a distant vision of the Sierra Calderona.

© Fernando Alda
© Fernando Alda

Access is accompanied by the south facade to find the point of intersection. At this point of view inside the distributor is located next to the stairs and the kitchen form the backbone of the operation of housing. The southern zone where the rooms are available during the day, dematerialized their presence due to the overhead light. In the west the rooms fall to a portion of parcel with a more domestic scale, while the master bedroom overlooking the lift light reflected on water.

© Fernando Alda

In the dark basement and garage are in the cellar. All other uses of the program look into the ravine through which light up.

Cite: "Atrium House / Fran Silvestre Arquitectos" 29 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • lab.sinthe

    nice concept, bur there’s no privacy.

  • Adam

    Privacy is something you chose to have, not a prerequisite to achieve a house to the client’s requirements. And it can also be obtained in many different ways. I liked the project. It’s easy to like, though perhaps without great spiritual depth.

  • viniruski

    I like the hidden details eg. window frames & joints etc, and how light shelves, handrails are tastely hidden behind reveals and just disappear into the wall.

  • Ross

    Details…Thank you!

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  • SofieJV

    Wow. The elaboration is near perfection!

  • amonle

    Not quite my cup of tea, but beautifully executed!