House on the Cliff
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
The house is located on a cliff site overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. 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 living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms are located at the top level with magnificent views of the sea and framed views of the rocky landscape. A terrace runs the full width of the house.
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 color, respecting the traditional architecture of the area, emphasizing it and simultaneously underlining the unity of the house.
Facts about House on the Cliff
Principals in charge:
María José Sáez
José V. Miguel
Photographed by Diego Opazo
Last updated: December 19, 2013
Siza, Souto de Moura, Moneo, Calatrava and Barraga,
Claremont, California, USA