Fran Silvestre Arquitectos is an architectural and design studio based in Valencia, formed by a multidisciplinary group of professionals who carry out residential, cultural, corporate and public projects at an international level. Their most recent venture, House of the Seven Gardens is still only conceptual, but makes an extremely compelling argument for its immediate realisation!
The proposed setting is based at the foot of the Grazalema mountain range in the south of Spain, a particularly lush area known to have one of the highest rainfall indices across the Iberian Peninsula. The sprawling plot of land is actually in a part of the Sierras Subbéticas national park, where you can see the landscape from Sierra Nevada to the African coast.
The project envisions a house in contra to the architectural vernacular, whose stark whites and linear arrangements stand out conspicuously against the landscape. House of Seven Gardens aims to emulate its organic surroundings, to reduce its presence in the natural environment – despite its large surface area, which is almost like a small village. Its winding design mirrors the area’s iconic karstic phenomena, such as caves and gorges that have been carved by rain and time. The project should ultimately become part of the geological landscape, surrounded by cork and holm oak trees.
Hugging the curves of the undulating terrain, the structure uses one primary shape – a wishbone of sorts – which will be repeated in a serpentine arrangement to frame seven tiered outdoor spaces, or gardens, providing the basis for its name: The House of Seven Gardens.
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