Perfectly situated on a cliff facing the Mediterranean Sea, this house makes for an incredibly comfortable lifestyle. Located in Alicante, Spain, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos designed the house to be constructed as one monolithic structure consisting of reinforced concrete slabs and screens, so as to reduce the earthwork. The concrete structure was then coated with stucco in order to create the smooth white aesthetic of the exterior.
Another reason for constructing the house using a single concrete structure was so that the bedrooms and living areas could be contained in one level. Below the dwelling is a level which features the terrace, a garage and also a swimming pool overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It would be hard to grow tired of such a spectacular view, especially when it is the first thing you see as you wake up each morning.
View the video below to take a virtual tour of this stunning home.
Photographs: Diego Opazo via ArchDaily
Architecture film: Alfonso Calza
The Factory, located in Sant Just Desvern, Spain, was discovered and redesigned by Ricardo Bofill. What started off as a cement factory containing over 30 silos, underground galleries, and large engine rooms was in 1975 transformed into an exquisite home and office. The complex now contains a modelling laboratory, a library, a projection room and offices which were built in the remaining eight silos. There is also a large space named ‘The Cathedral’, which is used for exhibitions, lectures, concerts, and other such activities which are linked to Bofill’s personal life.
“The factory is a magic place which strange atmosphere is difficult to be perceived by a profane eye. I like the life to be perfectly programmed here, ritualised, in total contrast with my turbulent nomad life.” – Ricardo Bofill
White sofas and long curtains which fall down the 11m-high walls create a relaxed feel, which is essential when your workplace is also your house. Due to the areas provided by the original structure, the tall spaces allow for the interior to be utilized in a way that emphasizes the spaciousness of each room. What once was an abandoned cement factory is now the headquarters for Ricardo Bofill’s architecture firm, and also his family home.
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Located in Thailand, architecture firm Shinichi Ogawa & Associates have designed the widest house in the world. The bottom floor contains a glazed spa and fitness room in the east end, followed by six large bedrooms which each have their own bathrooms and living areas. Along the northern edge of the bottom floor is an interior corridor which connects the rooms.
Above the bedrooms are a 40m long pool and a deck terrace covered with sand, which offers panoramic views of the surroundings. Also on the terrace is a 6m high cube-shaped formal living and dining area, which acts as the central space of the house. The large width of the house proves to be a unique concept, which the Japanese firm has pulled off cleanly and effectively.
Photographs: Pirak Anurakawachon via designboom
Nestled away in Québec, Canada, is the La Luge: a compact retreat where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery of winter in Québec. Designed by YH2 Architecture, the secondary home consists of a two-tone colour scheme which compliments the minimalism evident in the design.
The house is primarily heated with a floating fireplace in the lounge, though if that isn’t enough to keep the cold away, there is also a private sauna. La Luge is situated in the middle of an encapsulating forest, allowing both privacy, and spectacular views of the surroundings.
Photographs: Francis Pelletier
The Porsche Pavilion is the newest addition to the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, Germany, which has been designed to acknowledge the relationship between Porsche and the Volkswagen Group.
The Volkswagen Group bought out the remaining 50.1% of Porsche last month, adding to its list which includes luxury brands like Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini.
Designed by German architecture firm HENN Architekten, the design successfully incorperates smoothly curved lines to pay a compliment to the Porsche image. With a roof that extends 25 metres over the lagoon, the design infuses the building and its surroundings perfectly. The envelope also creates an external space, offering sheltered seating for visitors and guests.
Due to the reflective matte-finish surfaces, the look of the building changes with the weather and lighting. This, combined with the smooth lines used in the design, gives a wonderfully organic feel to the building whilst maintaining a contemporary aesthetic.
Inside the pavilion 25 great Porsche cars are showcased for visitors to see, including the 1948 Porsche 356. Students can restore an old Super 208 tractor, and kids can drive miniature electric cars.
Click here to take a virtual tour of Autostadt.
Photographs: HG Esch via designboom