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The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Spain Architecture News - Mar 30, 2023 - 14:59   2872 views

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Valencia-based architecture firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has completed a new residence with two wings in Valencia, Spain

Called The Empty House, the 814-square-metre house is developed as part of a fragment of the 20th-century structure, by preserving the historic façade of the exisiting building from the street level.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

Located on the main street of a town near Valencia, passers-by still encounter the façade of the old building at the façade level.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The studio has protected the existing façade and the building footprint, but since an additional space is needed for the overall programme, the architects has configured the new building with two wings towards the north.

While one of the wings is longer, the other wing is shorter and ends up with an open swimming pool.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

Based on the contextual parameteres, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has proposed to empty the interior space of the existing building and arranged the new programme. 

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

"From the outside, the façade maintains its character, without modifying the street, which becomes a kind of scenery from another era," said the studio.

"The tone of this old façade is unified with an antelope gray treatment that goes completely unnoticed."

"Crossing the threshold we find ourselves in another time." 

"Only what is necessary is closed and air-conditioned and a triple-height volume is generated that in a climate like the Mediterranean we can use throughout the year," the studio added.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

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The programme of the house includes three bedrooms, guest bedroom, workshop, kitchen and dining room, living room, covered terrace and swimming pool on the groun floor.

Two bedrooms, master bedroom, two bathrooms, walk-in-closet, office and terrace are placed on the first floor. A multipurpose room with skylight is arranged on the second floor. 

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The day area is located close to the dividing wall, in continuity with a pool large enough to swim, which seems to get lost in the Valencian fields. 

The guest room and the multipurpose room resolve the change of direction that the site offers, a twist between two pieces separated by just a few millimeters.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The rest of the space on this floor is empty, which will makethe studio wonder about the size of a room whose depth of landscape seems to have no limits.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The night area is arranged transversally as a bridge framing the views. The master bedroom is located above the living room with the same orientation. The section gives the studio a floor plan with sloping roofs with an entrance of light from above, a space that time will put to use.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The wood from the old beams of the house in ruins is reused to build the furniture of the house, and just as it has been sought with the space of the house, it becomes a material that acquires a new life.

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Jesús Orrico

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Image © Fernando Guerra

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Plot plan

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Ground floor plan

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

First floor plan

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Second floor plan

The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

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The Empty House by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos complements existing building with two wings in Spain

Main elevation

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos also designed a private permeable home that makes up a cantilevered volume on the upper floor in Burriana, Spain. Other completed project of the studio is NIU N70, a transparent house in Spain. 

Project facts

Project name: The Empty House

Architecture: Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Location: Valencia, Spain

Size: 814m2

Team: Fran Silvestre, María Masià, Sevak Asatrián, Paco Chinesta.

Interior design: Alfaro Hofmann

Building Engineer Consultans: Silverio Soriano (Technical Architect of the Project), Enrique Alario (Collaborator).

Structural Engineers: DOF Ingenieros

General Contractor: Construcciones Ribera

Completion date: 2022

Top image © Jesús Orrico.

All drawings © Fran Silvestre Arquitectos.

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