This bright white wedge-shaped house by Spanish studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos thrusts out from the rock face behind it in the valley town of Ayora, near Valencia (+ slideshow).
The angled roof mirrors the slope of the surrounding ground, creating triangular elevations on the sides of the three-storey building.
Large panels slide across windows on the front and side of the house to maintain privacy for bedrooms on the middle floor.
The top floor is twice the size of the floors below and contains a third bedroom, as well as a living room that opens out onto a secluded courtyard.
Photography is by Fernando Alda and Juan Rodríguez.
Here's some text from the architects:
House on Mountainside Overlooked by Castle
The building is located in a landscape of unique beauty, the result of a natural and evident growth.
The mountain, topped by a castle, is covered by a blanket housing through a system of aggregation by simple juxtaposition of pieces generated fragmented target tissue that adapts to the topography.
The project proposes to integrate into the environment, respecting their strategies of adaptation to the environment and materials away from the mimesis that would lead to misleading historicism, and showing the time constructively to meet the requirements of the "new people."
In this way the house is conceived as a piece placed on the ground, joining in the gap.
A piece built on the same white lime, the same primacy of the massif on the opening, which takes the edge of the site to have their holes and integrated into the fragmentation of the environment.
The indoor space is divided by the void that is the core of communication cut parallel disposition of the mountain without touching it.
On the ground floor are the garage and cellar, on a volume it has two floors with four rooms.
Two of them, the rooms at the intermediate level are open to the private street, the other two on the upper level overlook above the houses opposite, the Valley of Ayora.
One of them, the study is opened in turn to the central double height, incorporating it into their space.
Across the gap, and on the mountain, are the areas facing the garden day illuminated by light reflected on the south slope of the castle oxidized.
Architecture: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Project Architect: Fran Silvestre, Maria José Sáez
Project Team: Fran Silvestre - Project Architect
María José Sáez - Project Architect
Ángel Ruíz - Architect collaborator
Building Engineer: Pedro Vicente López
Interior Design: ALFARO HOFMANN
Contractor: Cooperativa Montemayor
Location: Ayora. Valencia
Site Area: 477,06 m2
Built Area: 230,00 m2
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