One Family House in Zahara de los Atunes

One Family House in Zahara de los Atunes, Zahara de los Atunes, Spain, Alfonso Alzugaray
Project year: 2008
Address: Urb. Atlanterra H, 6, 11391 Tarifa, ZAHARA DE LOS ATUNES, Spain
Latitude/Longitude: 36.103056,-5.821042


The house is situated on the occidental edge of the natural park of the Estrecho, on an abrupt hillside, where the landscape value, its orientation and complicated topography are determining factors. Instead of viewing these factors as potential limits we considered them to be incentives for a better solution for the project, helping reinforce the intrinsic singularity of the emplacement, to which service is set this construction.

This is the project for the construction a platform, base of the room and origin of the house. On it we establish the areas of common use (living room, kitchen, solarium…) with a swimming pool in one of its edges, while below, in a slightly visible way, the 5 bedrooms are protected.

We understand the platform like a prolongation of the landscape and thanks to the blocks of orange stone forms a visual unity. The platform advances over its supports, minimizing the visual contact with the ground, suggesting an area that advances over the difference of level and achieves an elevated position on the hill and its vegetation. So, from the inner of this volume it is difficult to perceive the landscape, seeing directly the sea and facilitating in this way a perception of lightness of the volume from its inner.

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Surface built: 640m²
Constructor: Construcciones Forfa
Architects design: Alfonso Alzugaray, Carlos Urzainqui
Quantity surveyors: Pedro Legarreta
Estructures eng.: FS Estructuras SL
Civil and installations eng.: Iturralde&Sagüés

Contributed by Alfonso Alzugaray