The Cliff House on Spanish Coastal Site

Over time architects have been tasked with many seemingly impossible visions and GilBartolomé Architects are no stranger to this reality. Faced with a Spanish coastal site on a sweeping hillside at a 42 degree slant, the incredible “Cliff House” was born.

Built with a metal façade to resemble “the skin of a dragon set in the ground when seen from below” but also as “waves of the sea when seen from above.”

Perhaps most remarkable is that the home was built during the depressed Spanish economy resulting in the architects utilizing local labor for fabrication and installation whenever possible. The undulating roof is reinforced concrete covered with hand-made and hand-installed metal tiles.

Cliff House Undulating Roof

Complete with two floors with ocean views from every room and private balconies, one would wonder how the home’s subterranean construction also comes with an energy efficient advantage. However, the surrounding soil is a constant 67 degrees keeping the interiors comfortable year-round.

Cliff House Sliding Door Overlooking Pool

Without any disruptive columns, the home's interior is 47.5’ wide and entirely open leading to large sliding glass doors that separate the living room from the pool just outside. The home is as practical as it is breathtaking, taking into account every corner and detail.

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