Super modern and stylish this contemporary house design, a project by Ramon Esteve of Valencia, cuts a dramatic profile into the surrounding Spanish landscape. It is low level and due to this and the flat roof structure, bears more than a passing resemblance to traditional Spanish style architecture. The house is situated in a delightful residential area, benefiting from both a gently sloping hillside and easy access to the ocean. This orientation of the house was dictated to by the stunning views. Variations in the heights of various sections of the house add an attractive asymmetry to the architectural composition.
Contemporary house design – exterior
Composed of a series of distinct volumes, the contemporary house design incorporates intriguing connecting spaces enabling easy passage through exterior and interior areas. The enticing series of semi enclosed courtyards is an important feature, creating important unity between outside and inside zones. These are reminiscent of the atrium first introduced by the Romans in antiquity. Each courtyard encourages enjoyment of the house from a different vantage point. The composition of the house is based on a series of rectilineal forms which are widely divergent in scale but clearly harmonious in rhythmic relationships. The crisp geometry is uncompromising. The interior layout is equally simple but powerful. The introduction of attractive surfaces removes any risk of the property becoming monotonous and sterile in atmosphere. Heavily textured rustic stonework dominates certain facades and this exciting material is also incorporated into the interior design scheme. The well defined shapes of window frames and doorways are highlighted by the use of a rich dark wood. Floor coverings vary from natural timber to polished stone surfaces. All of these sensuous materials add aesthetic and comfortable dimensions to the house design.
Contemporary house design with straight lines
As with many contemporary house designs, glass is of course a hugely important construction element. In the living areas, floor to ceiling glass panels enable full enjoyment of the fascinating views outside including those of the ocean and the distant hillside. To regulate the light entering the house large wooden shutters can be added to the windows, so the amount of light may be altered to suit different occasions and climatic conditions. This is an enviable example of a contemporary house design with just a hint of historic and traditional influences. A perfect blend of styles for this delightful Spanish setting.