With panoramic views of the ocean and flanked by a headland lined by trees, this crisp white form hovers on a Cliffside in the Mediterranean Sea in Jávea, Spain, between El Portixol and Cala Blanca. Sardinera House, designed by Ramón Esteve explores texture and permeable boundaries with concrete walls that focus the shifting view.
The house is oriented east-west which exploits the natural currents of air and sunlight. The west façade is enclosed by a system of motorised blades which protects in the summer while still allowing for the passage of sea breezes, and the reverse in winter. The East façade is protected by deep soffits which create outdoor rooms. Billowing swathes of sheer fabric heighten the permeable nature of these boundaries and bring an ethereal quality.
Void of almost all superfluous ornamentation the house explores layering through materiality – concrete both polished and textured from its formwork, limed timer, glass and steel build the palette of materials. I can imagine a Spanish sunset flooding the house with pink light of an afternoon, the perfect setting for a cocktail on the terrace. If anyone knows the owner, I am available to mind their house.
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Photos by Mariela Apollonio