House in Santa Pola by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Descending to the sea

Project Specs


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▼鸟瞰图,aerial view

▼建筑外观,exterior view

The house, located in front of the island of Tabarca, makes sense understanding the place in which is set. With a strong difference in height between the levels of the upper and lower access, the project seeks to define a level at which the day and pool areas are located. This level strives to be placed at the highest altitude possible, in order to have a direct view of the sea. This main space of the house comes up as the gap between the basement area that emerges from the land and the day area that is deposited on top of this base.



The volume that emerges seeks to blend in with the texture of the surrounding mountains on account of the gray tone of the natural stone with which it is built. The volume that is deposited is materialized with the same white presence as the traditional architectures of the place. Between the two of them, an open and shaded area that is the only thing needed to enjoy the idyllic location.

▼低处的灰色体量与高处的白色体量,the emerging,  gray volume and the deposited, white volume

▼阶梯状的体量朝向海岸,the terraced volume facing the sea

▼口袋空间,pocket area


The duality between what emerges and what is deposited is not the only one in the project, since in order to protect itself from the surrounding architectures, the volume of the building is designed to be as opaque as possible to the exterior and simultaneously as open to the landscape as possible.


▼立面细部,detailed view

▼朝向海滩的立面,facade facing the sea

▼朝向街道一侧的立面,facade facing the surrounding buildings

▼泳池平台,pool terrace

▼从平台望向起居空间,view to the living area from the pool


▼客厅,living room

▼首层是一个完全通透的一体化空间,the ground floor is opened through square gaps to both yards that face east and west

▼丰富的空间关系,the spatial relationship


▼从卧室望向阳台,bedroom balcony

▼洗手间阳台,wash room balcony



▼起居空间夜间视角,living area exterior view by night

▼露台夜景,terrace night view

Fenestration is also heterogeneous in the project. The ground floor is opened through square gaps to both yards that face east and west. The ground floor is a completely open and through space. And the upper floor has a single opening overlooking the sea, as if it were a subtraction, through which the rooms are illuminated. Facing the street, a low and longitudinal window illuminates and ventilates the corridor conferring privacy. These three different types of apertures characterize the interior space of the house, bounded, open and contemplative according to the floor where we are. Strategies that, despite their heterogeneity, allow us to understand the house perhaps in a unitary way.

▼室内泳池,the interior pool

▼露天泳池,the outdoor pool

▼户外走廊,outdoor corridor

▼泳池平台,pool terrace

▼鸟瞰,aerial view

▼傍晚的泳池平台,the pool terrace by night

▼住宅夜景,building exterior view by night

▼夜间整体鸟瞰,aerial view by night

▼地下一层平面图,basement floor plan

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan

▼二层平面图,first floor plan



Fran Silvestre | Principal in Charge
María Masià | Principal in Charge
PHOTOGRAPHY:FG + SG. Ultimas Reportagens. Fernando Guerra

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