This stunning residence in Ayora, Spain was designed by the distinguished Fran Silvestre Arquitectos. Named for its unique location on a hill that also holds a castle at its peak, Casa en la Ladera de un Castillo is a home like no other. The white building, made of limestone, appears to be emerging from the rocky hillside. This design both juxtaposes and embraces the natural landscape. The pure, blanched façade is jarring next to the native cliffs, yet only the smoothest white could highlight the weathered scenery quite as well.
The boxy structure holds three distinct floors. A garage and cellar sit on the ground floor, while the living spaces, bedrooms, and a study occupy spaces on the second and third stories. The interior is comprised of several pleasing architectural details. Skylights, cascading stairs, and double height spaces keep the viewer interested at every turn. Massive openings along the façade flood the rooms with light, air, and views of the outside.
There is no need for decor in a house of this design: the architecture provides it all. Every board, railing, and window is placed with the utmost artistry. The feeling created is one of completeness and peace. One is free to sit back and revel in a most fulfilling design.