Sandra Pereznieto

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.

Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.

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.

Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.

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.  

Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.

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.

Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.

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.

Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain

"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.

Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.


Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.
Sandra Pereznieto Sunflower House, Cadaval & Solà-Morales, Girona, Spain.

Project Credits

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