House on the Air: Modern Minimalism Meets Zahara’s Sunsets
In the enchanting setting of Zahara de los Atunes, Cadiz, Spain, where sunsets and sunrises become mesmerizing spectacles, the House on the Air emerges. Crafted in 2023 by the renowned Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, this modern, minimalist house uniquely intertwines with its landscape.
From its grey stone foundation, reflecting the Arabic meaning of Zahara, “rocky place,” to the strategic positioning for unobstructed Atlantic Ocean sunset views, every detail resonates with the locale’s spirit. This marvel also boasts a serene courtyard, protecting against Tarifa’s strong winds, and a balanced interior layout, ensuring both privacy and panoramic beauty.
About House on the Air
The Captivating Charm of Zahara de los Atunes
In Zahara de los Atunes, ordinary sunsets transform into extraordinary marvels. Indeed, putting such beauty into words often proves challenging. Inspired by this, architects crafted a sanctuary that not only protects but also celebrates the surroundings’ grandeur.
Design Embracing Nature
Sitting on the sloping terrain, the house appears as if nature herself meticulously placed it. Using gray-toned stones that echo the locale’s “rocky” Arabic heritage, they formed a sturdy foundation. This strategic base ensures an optimal view, capturing the Atlantic Ocean’s sunset reflections. On the opposite side, a peaceful courtyard provides refuge from Tarifa’s robust winds. Additionally, it offers a smooth transition to the home’s additional spaces.
Inside the Architectural Harmony
Floating above, the top floor neatly segments the home into three areas. At its center, the living room bridges the mesmerizing northwest sunset and the clear southeastern panorama. On either side, nighttime quarters boast similar vistas. This thoughtful arrangement not only maintains structural stability but also guarantees privacy for the primary area. In essence, the design melds with its environment, allowing all who enter to soak in its myriad colors.
Photography by Fernando Guerra, Jesús Orrico | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos