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The House of the Quarry: the house that climbs the mountain
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Located on the top of a hillside, in one of the most established residential areas of Valencia, the House of the Quarry is based on the extreme conditions of the ground with the aim of climbing the slope to get views to the landscape.
The layout of the house consists in a set of overlapping boxes surrounded by the ground itself. The house is located inside a mountain through an empty space that isolates it from the surrounding environment, thus creating a universe of its own that hosts its inhabitants. The lower part is hidden to be integrated with the ground while the upper part opens onto two opposite landscapes: on one side, the sea that seeks a connection with the horizon that is filtered by the pool; on the other, the Mediterranean forest. Furthermore, the upper part has been designed as a fluid space that contains all the day areas converge.
The terrace and the pool have been designed as an extension of the interior that connects the house with the landscape.
The swimming pool is a prism that extends at heights overhanging the bedrooms and the gym.

This idea of openness is reinforced by the presence of a front glass facade, without uprights, that frames the panoramic view of the sea. In this way, going to create openings to the front and supporting only the side floors, the House of the Quarry achieves a feeling of lightness and transparency, thus becoming a quiet place and linking with the horizon.
The massive and structural appearance of the house is a projection of the expressiveness of the raw materials: a white concrete hive made in situ is crossed by a central staircase in yellow backlit onyx that joins the entire house, from top to bottom. The raised steps have been realized as large panels in solid onyx that emit light on all sides, an effect that was created thanks to a new patented design due to its internal structure. The large slabs of natural backlit stone give the house a tectonic character that metaphorically connects it to the inner depths of the earth.
The impressive pieces of volcanic onyx acquire an almost sculptural character, providing the bedrooms with a canvas on which to admire the plastic qualities of natural stone.

INFO/PHOTO COURTESY: www.ramonesteve.com

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