The Sunflower House by Eduardo Cadaval and Clara Solà-Morales is a context-driven design in a challenging clifftop location. Placed on a cliffside facing the Mediterranean Sea, this modern house is a pack of 10 cubes that are each turned towards a distinct perspective.
Cadaval & Solà-Morales, an architecture studio based in both Spain and Mexico, created the two-story residence as a house for a couple in a netting community on the north-easterly tip of Spain’s Costa Brava.
The customers asked for a house that takes the influence of the extraordinary landscape, but to do this the architects had to defeat a larger problem – the cliffside position is right opened to the severe northern Tramontane wind.
“Mel and Geoff wanted a house that was fully exposed to the views, but they never imagined that their plot was tremendously exposed to one of the strongest winds of the peninsula, and did not get almost any direct sun radiation,” said the team.
The frontal view from the place is remarkable, from France to the Natural Park of the Cabo de Creus, and always the extent of the open sea right in front of it; the rocks, and an ever-changing atmosphere that switches regularly its surface due to the wind.
The Sunflower House breaks down the panoramic view into the joining of many diverse forms; the diverse uses of the house are minced and articulated so that each of them is positioned frontally to the diverse landscape conditions previously enumerated.
Therefore the project is an extension of small parts that each frame a differentiated view, and it is within the transition from one unit to the other where the totality of the panoramic view is comprehended.
The modern house is also a big solar collector, a tool to bring light and heat into the house; like a giant sunflower. The composition of the volumes responds to the production of a rear patio that allows the solar spread into the living room, to heat the whole house up.