Just as the sea seems to extend on forever beyond the horizon, the walkable rooftop of this beautiful travertine stone residence in Spain offers an apparently endless walkway. ‘House of the Infinite’ by architect Alberto Campo Baeza was designed as an extension of the beach, melding together the color of the sand and the mirage-like qualities of sunlight glinting off the water.
Envisioned as a jetty that reaches out into the Atlantic Ocean, the house is a large rectilinear volume with two floors embedded within the solid rock of the terrain. Described by the architect as “the most radical house we have ever made,” the stone platform has a uniquely Mediterranean feel.
“On a marvelous place like a piece of earthly paradise, at Cádiz, we have built an infinite plane facing the infinite sea, the most radical house we have ever made. At the very edge of the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, where the sea unites the new and the old continent, emerges a stone platform. At the place where all the ships from the Mediterranean used to pass and still pass by as they head off into the Atlantic.”
“On this resoundingly horizontal plane, bare and denuded, we face out to the distant horizon traced by the sea where the sun goes down. A horizontal plane on high built in stone, Roman travertine, as if it were sand, an infinite plane facing the infinite sea. Nothing more and nothing less.”
“We wanted this house to be capable not only of making time stand still, but to remain in the minds and hearts of humankind. The house of the infinite.”
Consisting of three levels, the home offers a ground-level terrace leading directly onto the sand as well as the rooftop platform. The entrance to the house is a ‘trench’ in the form of stairs descending from the upper surface. Three walls offer an open yet protected space, buffering the strong coastal winds.