House of Sand by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
The House of Sand is a luxurious contemporary residence located in Valencia, Spain. It is designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos who have managed to create over 3,300 square feet of minimalist living spaces arranged with a clear dialogue between the interior and outdoor spaces. Of course, this is not this studio’s first luxurious minimalist dwelling. We’ve already showcased a few of their projects including the Hollywood Hills Residence in LA and the Aluminum House in Madrid, so make sure you give them a glance.
The house is located in front of the Mediterranean, in a place where an imposing dune protects the coast from storms. This starting point defines the configuration of the project. The house is materialized with two volumes arranged perpendicular to each other.
In order to have views of the sea, the program of uses of the house is inverted as opposed to the traditional scheme, the day area is arranged on the upper floor to be able to look over the top of the dune and uses the lower level roof as a belvedere. The night area is located on the entry level, perpendicular to the sea. The circulation is arranged in the most public part of the plot open to the pool area, while the rooms open onto a beautiful garden consolidated with small species that existed in the place.
The cantilever of the upper floor ends with a kind of cloister open to the sky that allows the main room to be illuminated from the south while maintaining privacy, and at the same time casts the necessary shade on the lower level. The staircase is drawn at the intersection of both volumes, marking the access point of the house.
Ultimately, two volumes adapted to enjoy the surrounding conditions, the views, the shade … nothing more, nothing less.