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Casa van Thillo by Alberto Campo Baeza, Tarifa, Spain

Celebrating invention and authenticity, the AR presents a snapshot of work in progress from around the world

This new house overlooking the sea near the Spanish city of Cádiz extends Alberto Campo Baeza’s repertoire of beautifully austere dwellings that abstract immemorial Iberian qualities of mass, plainness and impermeability.

Model of the house showing how it bunkers into the oceanfront site

Model of the house showing how it bunkers into the oceanfront site

Constructed from limestone, the two-storey dwelling is partly dug into the site to form an emphatically horizontal podium and viewing platform ‘in order to go into raptures in front of the infinite sea’, as Campo Baeza puts it. As with all of his work, uncompromising geometry is tempered by sensuality, in the way light moves, the colour or sheen of a particular material and how built form relates to the landscape.

Generative sketch of house and ocean

Generative sketch of house and ocean

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  • I like how built form relates to the landscape. It reminds me of second world war German beach bunkers on the French water front.

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