Sunflower House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales defies climate challenges
Spanish-Mexican architectural studio Cadaval & Solá-Morales designed a funky two-storey villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on Costa Brava. Although it looks like an easy-going, quirky little building upon first glimpse, the designers had to combat with serious geographical and climatic issues.
The cliffside location is strongly affected by the extreme Tramontana wind, while it’s only little touched by sun radiation. The solution was to build a house that works as a solar collector, makes the most of of sunshine, and waylays wind. In practice this idea was translated to the Sunflower House, composed of 10 cubes, each oriented towards a different viewpoint. The full-fledged windows are made of glass usually used for skyscrapers, making them resistant to adverse weather conditions.
Interior-wise, the aesthetic of the outside white cube is repeated. The white walls are paired with dark but sparse furniture; the main role here is definitely taken by the impressive view of the Mediterranean Sea. The standard square structure works as a frame around the sublime sight of the immense water.
Source: Dezeen Residential , Cadaval & Solà-Morales , Spain , Coastline
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