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Casa Sabater, Alicante, Spain by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Project name:
Casa Sabater
Architecture firm:
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos
Alicante, Spain
Fernando Guerra | FG+SG. Video: Jesús Orrico
Principal architect:
Fran Silvestre, Estefanía Soriano
Design team:
Fran Silvestre, Estefanía Soriano
Vicente Ramos (Technical Architect of the Project). María Masià | Collaborating Architect. Pablo Camarasa | Collaborating Architect. Ricardo Candela | Collaborating Architect. Sevak Asatrián | Collaborating Architect.. Carlos Lucas | Collaborating Architect José María Ibañez | Business developer CCG y México. Andrea Baldo | Collaborating Architect. Paloma Feng | | Collaborating Architect. Paco Chinesta | Collaborating Architect. Javi Herrero | Collaborating Architect. Gino Brollo | Collaborating Architect. Angelo Brollo | Collaborating Architect. Paco Chinesta | Collaborating Architect. Anna Alfanjarín | Collaborating Architect. Laura Bueno | Collaborating Architect. Toni Cremades | Collaborating Architect. David Cirocchi | Collaborating Architect. Gabriela Schinzel | Collaborating Architect. Nuria Doménech | Collaborating Architect. Andrea Raga | Collaborating Architect. Olga Martín | Collaborating Architect. Víctor González | Collaborating Architect. Pepe Llop | Collaborating Architect. Alberto Bianchi | Collaborating Architect. Lucía Domingo | Collaborating Architect. Alejandro Pascual | Collaborating Architect. Pablo Simò | Collaborating Architect. Juana Hecker | Collaborating Architect. Ana de Pablo | Financial & Administration Dept. Director. Sara Atienza | Marketing & PR Dept. Director. Valeria Fernandini | Financial Department. Sandra Mazcuñán | Management Department. Kateryna Spuziak | Marketing Department. Julián Garcia | Graphic Designer
Interior design:
Alfaro Hofmann
Built area:
780 m²
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Design year:
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Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
Estructuras Singulares
Environmental & MEP:
Mechanisms Jung zero, Air conditioning. Daikin
Coves in false ceiling. LED linear luminaire
Tools used:
Construcciones Sola
Concrete, Steel, Glass
Residential › House

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos: The project arises from its implementation in the environment. The building unfolds through a very clear geometry, deviating from the concept of compact architecture. This strategy, combined with the slim proportion of the construction, allows for an increased perimeter of the dwelling's contact with the exterior, creating a system of courtyards that seems limitless.

This geometry navigates around existing large trees and embraces new specimens planted on-site. The architecture is designed between the garden, aiming for a unified living experience. The project adapts to the topography like a terracing, reminiscent of the ascents of some chapels. It's an aggregated system that could be expanded, as it was required by the program of this residence.

The main program is divided into three floors. The upper one hosts the nighttime area, oriented to overlook the sea above the tree line. From this floor, an access to the roof of the ground floor allows to enjoy the landscape as a belvedere. Structurally, it functions as a bridge between the garage, which "approaches" the plot boundary, and the communication core, creating a shaded portico inviting entry. It's a closed piece facing the street, providing privacy to the ensemble. The service areas on this floor are illuminated by zenithal light, providing identity to the communication core and the hallway. The ground floor closes to the southwest and opens to the sea, hosting a residence with a complete program, allowing autonomous functionality. The lower floor, below ground level, accommodates auxiliary uses, the pool basin, facilities and a multifunctional space.

The project is designed with a very clear geometry of straight elements connected by a gentle curvature radius, achieving, in the words of Philipp Jodidio

"Sabater House exhibits an intriguing dichotomy: a white house, essentially minimalist, with a layout and implementation that integrates it much more into its surroundings than one might expect. The combination of influences from the modernity of Álvaro Siza and the sculptural forms of Andreu Alfaro helps explain how Sabater House manages to be simultaneously geometric and organic."

By Naser Nader Ibrahim

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