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Architecture July, 15 2014

House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza

Described as the most radical house they have ever made, House of the Infinite by Alberto Campo Baeza is located in the beautiful city of Cádiz, Spain. At the very edge of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where all the ships from the Mediterranean pass by as they head off into the Atlantic, the house sits as if it were a jetty facing out to sea. To achieve the elevated horizontal plane, which is the main living room of the house, the firm built a large box 20 meters wide and 36 meters deep. Under the first 12 meters of the solid Roman travertine rock are two floors in which the whole living space resides. To give even greater force to the structure, the designers incorporated all the terrain as far back as the entrance wall separating the residence from the street. Once inside the wall, the entrance to the house is via a “trench” in the form of stairs dug into the upper surface of the platform. The upper level of the building contains social rooms, including a living room with a circular skylight overhead and a covered balcony in front. This leads to a simple kitchen with a large dining area. The lowest level of the residence accommodates a series of bedrooms, positioned on either side of a communal central space that leads straight out to the beach.
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