Architecture – House of The Sun by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos was conceived as view point to the horizon. Located on a plot of great slope and at an elevated level on the island of Marbella, Spain, “the place would seem ideal to place an astronomical observatory, but the proposed program was a house.” Says Fran Silvestre to Archipanic.
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“We propose to embrace with a circle a space open to the sky and the horizon, and simultaneously protected from the gaze of others and the powerful winds of the area.” Indeed, House Of The Sun protrudes toward the infinite as a liminal white off element contrasting with the blue of the sky and the sea, and the earth color of the island.
The upper level rooms open in a controlled way towards specific landmarks of the landscape, while the public area enjoys the relationship with the main and open space. “Perhaps in this way we can live on a daily basis in this space that has always captivated us, a place where what is evident in nature is difficult or impossible to achieve.”
House Of The Sun was inspired by conceptual architectures by the artwork of Spanish sculptors Andreu Alfaro and Eduardo Chillida.
“We have always been fascinated by the work of Andreu Alfaro.” His Door of the Universe sculpture – a circle rotated and suspended over a square- was located at the door of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos studio for some years. “It was surprising its ability to make us think, place ourselves at the base when the day ended and consider that we were indeed facing a threshold that opened the door to infinite space.”
An analogous effect is felt when visiting the In Praise of the Horizon by Eduardo Chillida in 1989 in Gijón. Where, according to the author himself, the viewer is placed in direct relationship with the work and with the Universe.
With these references in mind, House Of The Sun was created as a gate to the infinite. “This idea of open centrality, as a representation of something immeasurable, has fascinated humanity forever and architecture has echoed this fascination countless times.”
All images by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.