In a marvelous place, a piece of earthly paradise, we have built an infinte plane facing the infinite sea, the most radical house we have ever made. Facing the Atlantic Ocean, on the very water’s edge on a beach of Cádiz, not far from the ruins of Bolonia, where the sea unites the new and old continents, rises a stone platform. Where ships coming from the Mediterranean to venture into the Atlantic crossed paths and still do.
We built a powerful podium in Roman travertine whose upper horizontal plane took on a central role, stretching in part through the terrain until it touched the entrance wall. Inside the podium, under the platform that amounts to a temenos, is the house.
The horizontal plane is the limit between the tectonic and the stereotomic, between the hut and the cave. The upper element disappears and all we have is the naked platform. On this stone platform we raised some lateral walls, behind, to protect ourselves from strong winds that Aeolus left behind there. As if it were an acropolis. A temenos where the gods descend to converse with humans and toast with sherry made in Jerez.
Alberto Campo Baeza
Arquitectos colaboradores Collaborators
Tomás Carranza, Javier Montero (codirección de obra codirection of construction); Alejandro Cervilla García, Ignacio Aguirre López, Gaja Bieniasz, Agustín Gor, Sara Oneto
Andrés Rubio Morán
Aparejador Quantity surveyor
Manuel Cebada Orrequia
Control de calidad Quality assurance
Superficie Floor area