Sunflower House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Called the Sunflower House, the project was designed by Barcelona-based firm Cadaval & Solà-Morales. It is a contemporary home embedded into the cliff side in Girona, Spain.
The cubic form of the house has been designed to direct as much as natural light and heat inside the home, making it a form of a solar collector which is also the reason behind the title of this home. Due to the strong winds of the coastal landscape, the house features thick glass windows which also offer stunning views of the environment.
From the architects: “Located right in front of the Mediterranean sea, in one of the most beautiful areas of the Spanish coast, the Sunflower House intends to relate directly to the astonishing landscape that surrounds it. The house also deals with the extreme weather conditions of its location: a very windy peninsula of de la Costa Brava, right near to the Cap de Creus National Park.”
“The project attempts to frame and diversify the views over its surroundings and incorporate them within the most significant spaces in the house. The main space, connected through a double height corridor to the back patio, incorporates sun inside the house for both comfort and climatic reasons. The house has a green roof that helps to control its interior temperature changes, and will incorporate state of the art environmental conditions to fulfill the highest environmental standards. 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.”