Casa de Peña

Casa de Peña

Arcos de la Frontera Spain
Within the protected townscape of this ‘white town on the rock’, building volumes behave as a chameleon.

Year

2014
Status
Completed

About

In order to run a Bed & Breakfast in southern Spanish Arcos, the Dutch owner commissioned NEXIT to design a private townhouse on Arcos de la Frontera’s northern cliff (Peña). The carefully sculpted building mass snuggles up against the monumental town wall while bridging the considerable height difference between the two cliff levels with two tall floors. Some of the functional spaces, such as the store and bath rooms, have been completely recessed into the rock face while others hide behind the town wall and are hardly visible from the street. Through a small gate in the town wall, a winding stepped path leads to the entrance situated in a small courtyard. The steepness of the cliff that the house is constructed on is revealed here. The interior open stairwell connects the various floor levels and leads to the rooftop terrace with its breath-taking view of the valley.

Specifications

Project
New-build townhouse in Spain
Team
Addy de Boer, Mireia Cases, Salvador Guerrero
Client
Private
Contractor
Enrique Alcaide Valero (IT&CON), Arcos de la Frontera
Size
140 m²
Images
NEXIT

Location

Arcos de la Frontera Spain