The Quarry House
Studio: Ramón Esteve Estudio
Project: The Quarry House
Category: Private Housing
Credit: Mariela Apollonio
Located on the top of a hillside, the Quarry House 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 lower part of the house hunkers down to get integrated in the ground while the upper part opens to two opposite sights: the views to the sea looking to the horizon filtered by the swimming pool, and the views of the Mediterranean forest. The upper part contains all the day areas. 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. The openness of the house is reinforced by a glass front façade without uprights that frames the panoramic view of the sea.
The expressivity of the raw materials shows the house as pure structure and mass. A hive of in situ white concrete is pierced by a central staircase of backlit yellow onyx Neve D’or that sew the house from top to bottom with its onyx steps. The overhang steps are expressed as large solid onyx boards that emit light all over their faces, produced due to a new patented design for its internal structure.
The large backlit natural stone slabs give the house a tectonic character linking to the inner depths of the earth.