Bay of Biscay is a beautiful location at the south of Celtic Sea, which is also known for its fairly shallow waters that cover many areas and cause fiercest weather conditions. However, northeastern and southeastern coasts of Biscay enclose numerous offshore islands and good harbors, which make it a perfect site for dwelling. If you have always wished to have a residential plan that can meet your expectations and budget, then check out this brilliant architectural design. A couple purchased a plot along the Biscay Coastline that slopes downwards and is cut by a 30 meter high sea cliff that shields the plot against huge waves.
OS House, Biscay Coastline
The entire plot measures 90 x 50 x 4500 square meter and does not includes any basement. At the first glance, people always wonder that why there are no trees and why does the house faces south, thus giving its back to sea. Usually, people from highlands always prefer southern orientation and sun, so as to enjoy the view and the climate to its fullest. However, the couple who bought this plot was looking for a residential area that includes sea, wind and waves, no matter even if it was against the tide. And the rough northern sea winds make the environmental conditions very inappropriate for trees to grow green. This is the reason that there are no trees along the shoreline.
Taking you to a closer view, the building has been constructed in the form of a squared prism measuring 22 x 22 meter and 3⅟₂ meter height. The ground floor comprises garage, storage, porch, a small sitting and a south garden, while the first floor hosts the major sections of the house. This floor incorporates a living, study, an open kitchen plan and bedroom with attached lavatories. Most of the rooms have a transparent glass front which makes the space look very bright, spacious and energetic.
A fine color combination of white, black and russet in the interiors have been used and the tile work with woody features makes the space look cozy. The bedroom interiors also use white to maximize the space to its fullest. Most exposed section of the house is the roof top that offers a wonderful view of the surroundings. Small sitting in the ground floor is also perfectly planned for the family to enjoy their weekends.
OS house has been designed by Nolaster, which is a popular name in the interior designing sector and has served people with different tastes, since 2003. In the year 2008, Nolaster split into two major groups namely MYCC and FRPO. The main idea of the designers was to create a comfortable living space for the couple and their kids, where they could easily take the advantage of the functional areas. The entire concept was planned keeping in mind the fiercest climatic conditions faced by the coastline.
Architects: NOLASTER-Carmina Casajuana, Beatriz G. Casares, Marcos González, Pablo Oriol, Fernando Rodríguez y Arturo Romero
Location: Loredo, Ribamontán al Mar, Cantabria, España.
Client: Carmen Salgado y José Miguel Oriol
Construction start: 2002
General contractors: Construcciones Volga + Ramiro Bra Rivas
Structural Engineer: NOLASTER + Constantino Hurtado
Services: Fernando Rodríguez Cerón
Photos: Jan Bitter