Two-storey house located on a very rugged terrain. Its owners entrusted us with the project with an open mind but with an essential condition: to be respectful of the environment. Under this premise we propose a house inspired by a natural cave; inherent to the landscape and deeply welcoming.
We organize the volume of the building in such a way that it generates a continuous and staggered path to the habitable areas.
For this we place the entrance in the lower plane. From there, the house is accessed by saving the unevenness thanks to the stairs or the exterior elevator.
The idea was to evoke the arrival at the burrow—at home—after a short uphill journey through a wild path
The steep condition of the plot played a key role in the conceptualization of the house.
In an act of claiming the landscape, our intention was to respect the environment so that its presence at the top of the mountain would be as natural as possible.
The idea was to flee from the lack of sensitivity towards the mountains, so common in the mountains near the Alicante coast.
To this end, we adapt the geometry of the house to the topography of the plot and minimize excavations and earth movements.
In addition, we reduced to the maximum the typical barriers in these residences (linear fences, ramps and concrete accesses). With this we sought to integrate the house into the landscape, adapting to the distribution of the vegetation and the architectural elements themselves.
The envelope of the home is conceived as an extension of the mountain that welcomes it. We look for a natural fusion between the concrete walls and the surrounding limestone.
The combination of these walls with the arrangement of the green roofs creates an illusion of an extended or continuous landscape. Inside the house we placed several glass openings that, emulating the entrance to a cave, enhance the sensations of protection and seclusion that we perceive when we arrive at a safe place.
In an act of reclaiming the landscape, we tried to integrate it into the environment so that its presence at the top of the mountain would be as natural as possible.