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Monday, February 11, 2013

Architecture respecting Nature


By Marina Correa
Photography: Diego Opazo; courtesy the architect

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Based on a seamless connect between man-made structure and topography, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has built a beautiful abode perched on a precipice overlooking the Iberian sea in Alicante, south of Spain.

The environment it is set in is central to the design of this structure. Nestling within the rocky terrain, it adapts to the plot’s topography, thus minimizing the earthwork. For instance, the swimming pool is situated at a lower level on a flat area of the site, proving that good architecture does not have to intervene with the natural topography and flow of nature, but simply augment it.

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Situated on a higher level, the living areas are minimalist and sport clean and straight lines while an all-white palette with floor-to-ceiling windows brings the stunning outdoor views indoors.

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In continuity with the simple concept, this cubic, concrete structure is insulated from the outside and then covered in white lime stucco, thus reiterating minimal design intervention yet making a strong architectural statement. The remaining materials, flooring, roof ballasting, etc are in the same colour, highlighting the homogeneous character of the space while respecting the area’s traditional architecture.

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By now it is evident that architecture can speak volumes by respecting nature rather than interfering with its natural flow and, Fran Silvestre knows this only too well as he has time and again proved it through his various projects. Be it a project of a house on a mountainside or atrium house or house in a city centre, they all follow a minimalist palette, where nature forms the fulcrum of the design and creates a lasting impression.

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Best of all, the homemakers can enjoy this lovely casa to chill out and commune with nature when the hustle and bustle of city life gets too overwhelming. 

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