El Port de la Selva is one of those fishing towns that’s as swish as it is sleepy. With vineyards, golden coastlines, mountainscapes, and works of Salvador Dalí, the seaside settlement, nestled in the northernmost part of the
The only thing more striking than the outcrops, perhaps, is the houses that emerge out of them—as
The material palette is a careful combination of form and function: The interior and exterior wear
Prod the architects on the architectural rationale and they’re quick to answer: “The solar orientation and the deep panoramic views are balanced in a way that the programme of the house is divided into two levels, with the lower one embedded into the bedrock and the upper one divided into two more volumes,” says Marià. The strategy proved successful in more ways than one: “The volumetric division made it possible to integrate the home into the landscape, as well as to optimise the lighting and ventilation,” shares José.
The lower volume, which is almost at street level, establishes a more intimate relationship with passersby by way of several patios. And then there’s the upper level, which opens to the landscape and the sea.
“The glass nexus acts as a screen against the wind and makes way for an outdoor space that is sheltered from the wind but visually connected to the sea,” says Marià of the home—clearly, it’s one for all seasons.
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