The house is located on the Santo Domingo estate in Calicanto, Valencia. It was designed as a detached house dominating an area with low occupancy rates and development potential.
The plot is irregular in shape, albeit noticeably rectangular, with a surface area of 703 m2. Topographically speaking, the house is located on the side of the hill, with a gradient of approximately 25% posing a considerable challenge for construction purposes. In order to make adequate use of the whole plot, we decided to position the house on the furthest possible part of the available land. In the area leading down to the main street, we created the pedestrian and road access to the plot.
The house was designed with the night area on the ground floor and the most private parts of the house connected to the garage in the basement, illuminated by a sunken courtyard at the back of the building. Meanwhile, the first floor houses the day area and the main rooms of the house. Taking advantage of the slope of the land, two loft areas were created to harness the full potential of the interior volumetry of the building and enrich it spatially.
As for the outdoor area, the aim was to preserve the image of the disused stone terraces which traditionally sculpted sloping agricultural land. A series of stone walls were constructed on the plot leading down the side of the hill following the slope. One of these walls was raised to form the lower floor of the house, supporting and showcasing the main construction in grey concrete, giving a modern, abstract feel. Our design sought a contrast between modern construction and more traditional architecture.