Sunflower House | Cadaval & Solà-Morales Architects
Nested on the slopes of the Spanish coast, the Sunflower House by Cadaval & Solà-Morales Architects has stunning views on the Mediterranean Sea. The striking cube shaped exteriors contrasts with the minimal interiors with its white walls and panoramic glass view of the sea.
The Barcelona-based Cadaval & Solà-Morales Architects designed the Sunflower House with a clear intention; it has to relate directly to the astonishing landscape that surrounds it. Located in the windy peninsula of the Costa Brava, right near to the Cap de Creus National Park, the house has to withstand with the extreme weather conditions of its location.
The project attempts to frame and diversify the views over its surroundings and incorporate them within the most significant spaces in the house. The main space, connected through a double height corridor to the back patio, incorporates sun inside the house for both comfort and climatic reasons. The house has a green roof that helps to control its interior temperature changes, and will incorporate state of the art environmental conditions to fulfill the highest environmental standards. The configuration of the house, based on the openings to the different environments that surround it, defines unique relationships with the water and the mountain – its real asset.
The interior of the house is furnished with pieces made out of dark wood that places the emphasis on the expansive white walls and the panoramic glass view of the Mediterranean.
Cadaval & Solà-Morales was founded in New York City in 2003 and moved to both Barcelona & Mexico City in 2005. The studio operates as a laboratory in which research and development are key elements of the design process. The objective of the firm is to create intelligent design solutions at many different scales, from large projects to small buildings, from objects to city fractions. The studio has won numerous awards including the prestigious Bauwelt Prize (Munich 2009), the Young Architects Prize from the Catalan Institute of Architects (Barcelona 2008), the Design Vanguard Award (New York 2008), a Mention of Honor for Young Architects from the IX Spanish Architecture Biennale (Madrid 2007), The Silver Medal of the XI Mexican Architecture Biennale (Mexico 2010) and the Prize of the Ibero American Architecture Biennale (Cadiz 2012).
Eduardo Cadaval is a licensed architect with a BA from the National University of Mexico (with special honours) and a Master of Architecture in Urban Design from Harvard University. He is associate professor of Urbanism at the Barcelona School of Architecture, ETSAB, UPC. Visiting Professor at University of Pennsylvania, and at Calgary University’s Barcelona program. Eduardo was awarded with the National Council for the Arts Young Creators Awards, from the Mexican government.
Clara Solà-Morales is a licensed architect with a degree in Architecture from the Barcelona’s School of Architecture, ETSAB, UPC, and holds a Master in Architecture (MArch II) from Harvard University. She is an associate professor at the Barcelona School of Architecture, ETSAB, UPC. She has been associate professor at the school of Architecture at the Rovira y Virgili University, as well as professor and Head of Graduate Studies at the Barcelona Institute of Architecture (BIArch). She is a PhD candidate for the Barcelona School of Architecture, ETSAB, UPC.
Cadaval & Solà-Morales were considered by Wallpaper Magazine as one of the world’s 10 best young offices and by Architectural Record as one of the top ten architectural firms at international level in their Design Vanguards issue.