Located in a quaint fishing village on the northeastern tip of Spain’s Costa Brava, the Sunflower House, designed by Cadaval & Solà-Morales, sits perched atop a sloping cliff overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The house is composed of 10 cubes, each oriented toward a different vista.
The Spain- and Mexico- based studio conceptualized the design for a couple who wished to take full advantage of the lush landscape of the Spanish coast and nearby Cap de Creus national park. The firm envisioned floor-to-ceiling windows that frame the diverse views, and integrated each unique landscape into the structure as sweeping interior and exterior façades.
Early in the process, the architects were confronted with a climactic conflict of direct exposure to the harsh Tramontane winds. The segmented design, composed of five cubes on each level, lines the sloped terrain to form a solar collector of sorts, and shelter the home’s patio.
Two, lower ocean-front cubes house the dining and seating areas, and two side cubes contain a kitchen and television room. Five upper cubes accommodate three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a guest room. The overall white palette is accented with minimal touches of color, and accompanied by concrete floors.
The home’s main space is connected to a patio via a double height corridor that allowsnatural light into the space. A green roof helps keep interior temperatures stable, and heavy-duty, commercial-grade glass keep strong winds and saltwater out.
"The configuration of the house, based on the openings to the different environments that surround it, defines unique relationships with the water and the mountain - its real asset," said the architects in a release.
Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Project Team: Eduardo Cadaval, Clara Solà-Morales
Collaborators: Moisés Gamus, Joanna Pierchala, Efstathios Kanios
Building Engineer: Joaquin Peláez
Structural Engineer: Manel Fernández, Bernuz-Fernandez
Construction: Joaquin Gonzalez Obras y Construcciones