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House on cliffside

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The cliffs at Calpe near Alicante, Spain would not seem to offer space for anything other than what is already there: rocks, sky, sea and Mediterranean shrub land. The harsh impervious terrain seems neither to require nor permit change or addition. Yet the architecture placed here seems to have been there forever. The Mediterranean-style lines and volumes do not mar but enhance this natural beauty spot.
The essential geometries of this compact, sleek, uncompromisingly white volume speak a language familiar to Álvaro Siza, Souto de Moura and Campo Baeza. The building slips effortlessly into context, a distinctive feature on the landscape but one that never flaunts its bravura.
Solidly rooted in its rocky niche, the building seems to spring from the ground it rests on. A three-dimensional system of horizontal surfaces and structural walls anchors it to the steep rocky...

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