Location: Cádiz, Spain
Project Year: 2016
Envisioned sculptural residence “House of the seven gardens” was embedded in the Grazalema mountain range in Sotogrande, Cádiz by the Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. It was produced in the southern part of Spain — one of the highest rainfall rates in the Iberian peninsula. The climatology of the Subbética mountain range draws the proposal located in a plot of great dimensions in which a landscape is seen from Sierra Nevada and the African coast.
The project consists of a large area dwelling, almost like a small village, which tries to reduce its presence in the natural environment by moving away from the white architectures of vernacular populations and approaching karst phenomena such as caves, grottos and gorges.
The curving masses of such an example of the Spain architecture perform the whole organization of the rooms and open windows, meanwhile influence is taken directly from geographical features including caves and gorges. Seven different outdoor spaces and gardens are entwined with the rich interior system and create connection with the surrounding landscape.
In order to reduce the impact on the landscape the architects use an aggregation system, which repeats a single piece and configures seven different exterior spaces. Each frame is a part of a privileged environment generated by the sequence of natural landscapes that blur between the plants producing and the unlimited effect.