The Empty House | Fran Silvestre Arquitectos



The Fran Silvestre Arquitectos studio has finished its latest project, The Empty House. Located on the main street of a town near Valencia, the house is part of a fragment of 20th century history.

The existing façade and building footprint are protected, but the volume exceeds the needs of the new project. Faced with this situation, it is proposed to empty the interior space in ruins and show it in an innovative way. From the outside, the façade maintains its character, without modifying the street, which becomes a kind of scenery from another era. The tone of this old façade is unified with an antelope gray treatment that goes completely unnoticed.

Crossing the threshold we find ourselves in another time. Only what is necessary is closed and air-conditioned and a triple-height volume is generated that in a climate like the Mediterranean we can use throughout the year. The day area is located close to the dividing wall, in continuity with a pool large enough to swim, which seems to get lost in the Valencian fields. The guest room and the multipurpose room resolve the change of direction that the site offers, a twist between two pieces separated by just a few millimeters.

The rest of the space on this floor is empty, which will make us wonder about the size of a room whose depth of landscape seems to have no limits.

The night area is arranged transversally as a bridge framing the views. The master bedroom is located above the living room with the same orientation. The section gives us a floor plan with sloping roofs with an entrance of light from above, a space that time will put to use.

The wood from the old beams of the house in ruins is reused to build the furniture of the house, and just as it has been sought with the space of the house, it becomes a material that acquires a new life.


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