DUNE HOUSE

HOUSE, DUNE, BEACH AND SEA

On a beach of fine white sand next to the Mediterranean Sea and tucked into the coastline dunes, we come upon a house that was built 80 years ago by a Parisian mayor.  This is the preexisting house of rectangular shape with a hip roof and a large enclosed courtyard facing the southeast.

The original house pertains to a previous era marked by a sober, dark, and closed-in sensation that appears to not want to enjoy its Mediterranean surroundings.  Its classic interior organization is built around a central hall running from east to west that distributes the bedrooms on either side, almost randomly, and positions the living room at the far eastern end of the house, as far away from the Mediterranean as possible although it is ostensibly so close.  

While the project includes a complete renovation of the house that will modernize it according to the ideals of function, construction, and technology, the main objective is to unify the elements. The house, dunes, beach and sea become one, with unsurpassable views, complete privacy, and respect and consideration of the adjacent properties.  

The Mediterranean sunlight and white limestone are the only materials that will be used.  The house is slightly elevated above the land and appears to assert its influence over the surroundings.  The northern wing of the house includes the night and service areas, and the master bedroom is in the northeast corner where it peeks out above the dunes into the infinite beyond of the Sea.  The original central hallway and southern wing are combined to create a large open-plan space that includes the kitchen, dining area, and living room.  All areas are open and receive excellent illumination from the extensive picture window whose eastern views merge with the southern patio and pool areas.  

The pool appears to be a continuous sheet of water defined by the background sea.  It is protected from the strong breezes by a large glass frontal enclosure that also acts as a barrier from the exterior areas.  

Extending to the east along the entire length of the house is a large white porch connected by slim steel profiles that ensure unsurpassable views while easing the transition from the interior to the exterior areas.  Between the porch and the pool deck, there is a large elevated wooden platform that serves as a terraced solarium, allowing its users to sit as if they were reigning over the sea below.  

The white exterior extends inwards to the interior vertical facings whose only interruptions are the wooden structures belonging to the kitchen and living room.  These walls, exempt of any shelving or storage, embrace and conceal the original structure of the house.  The continuous stone pavement from the interior to the exterior and reaching the pool area reaches out towards the beach and dunes.  The continuous white ceilings contain the heating and cooling installations and the indirect illumination, and audiovisual and sound systems.  

Architecture encompasses the strong environmental values of light, views, breezes, the sound of the waves, etc. and uses them as primary materials in this new construction that unifies the house, dunes, beach, and the Mediterranean Sea into one solid element.

Arquitectos | Architects
RUBEN MUEDRA ESTUDIO DE ARQUITECTURA

Ubicación | Location
46780 Oliva, Valencia, Spain

Arquitecto a Cargo | Principal Architect
Rubén Muedra

Fotografías | Photographer
Adrián Mora Maroto

Colaboradores | Collaborators
Ángela Gómez, Víctor Pavía

Estructura | Structure
Emilio Belda

Arquitecto Técnico | Building Engineer
Rubén Clavijo

Diseño Interior | Interior Design
Rubén Muedra Estudio de Arquitectura

Construcción | Construction
Nideker Houses

Superficie Construida | Built Area
317,10 m2

Superficie Parcela | Plot Surface
714,00 m2

Año de Proyecto | Project year
2018

Año de Construcción | Construction year
2018 – 2019 (10 meses)

COCINA | KITCHEN:

SANTOS

www.santos.es

Modelo_ FINE

Acabado_ Estratificado color Blanco Inssbruck

Encimera_ Porcelánico de Inalco, TOUCHÉ SÚPER BLANCO-GRIS

COCINA INDUSTRIAL MARTINO GARETI

www.martinogareti.com

Modelo_ DISEÑO PROPIO

Acabado_ Acero inoxidable

PAVIMENTOS | PAVEMENTS:

INALCO

www.inalco.es

Modelo_ PETRA CREMA 100X100

PORCELANOSA

www.porcelanosa.com

Modelo_ ASCOT ARCE 20X120 / 30X120

REVESTIMIENTOS | TILING:

PORCELANOSA

www.porcelanosa.com

Modelos_ LUSH WHITE NATURE 120 X 250 / RIVOLI 30X100 / MOON WHITE 120X250

ILUMINACIÓN | LIGHTING:

ARKOSLIGHT

www.arkoslight.com

Modelos_ TIRA DE LED / SHOT LIGHT M TRIMLESS / SWAP / SWAP ASYMMETRIC

OCCHIO

www.occhio.de

Modelo_ SENTO SOSPESO

Acabado_ Rose gold

INTERRUPTORES Y MECANISMOS | SWITCHES:

JUNG

www.jung.de/es

Modelo_ LS 990

Acabado_ Blanco alpino

CARPINTERÍA DE ALUMINIO | ALUMINUM CARPENTRY:

ANICOLOR

www.anicolor.pt

Modelo_ KRISTAL

Acabado_ Ral 9010 mate microtexturizado

PINTURAS | PAINTING:

KEIM

www.keim.es

Modelo_ KEIM Innotop

Acabado_ Ral 9010 mate

ENCIMERAS | WORKTOP:

INALCO

www.inalco.es

Modelo_ PETRA CREMA

CORIAN

www.dupont.es

Acabado_ Glacier White

GRIFERÍA | FAUCET:

PORCELANOSA

www.porcelanosa.com

Modelo_ ROUND

Acabado_ Cromo

SANITARIOS | TOILET:

PORCELANOSA

www.porcelanosa.com

Modelo_ ARQUITECT

MANIVELAS | HANDLES:

HOPPE

www.hoppe.com

Modelo_ AMSTERDAM con mini roseta

Acabado_ Acero inoxidable satinado color F69

ARMARIOS | CLOSETS:

FINSA

www.finsa.com

Modelo_ Gama Duo 37G Nogal Grove

CLIMATIZACIÓN | AIR CONDITIONING:

MITSUBISHI

www.mitsubishielectric.com

Shall we start a new project?