Bridge to infinity - Alberto Campo Baeza’s “House of the Infinite”
The feeling of infinity is omnipresent in Cádiz. The seemingly endless Atlantic, the wide sandy beach and an infinite blue sky. This was what inspired Spanish architect Alberto Campo Beaza to design the “House of the Infinite”, an architectural work that almost merges with the ocean. So modern that it seems without end.
The building is one of a kind and stands as if stranded on the fine sandy beach, protruding out of the landscape without seeking attention. The rear seems to disappear into the craggy rocks, whilst the front opens out to the sea. The entrance area is as unusual as the design: accessible from the living room, the roof consists of a solid, flat platform. A pool is embedded in the roof, as is a staircase leading to the living area, which spans an area of some 900 m² distributed over two floors.
Simple elegance and warm travertine stone give the rooms a unique character. Nothing must distract the gaze from the vast ocean, which is always visible through the large glazed façade. Natural light enters through circular transom windows that cut through the heavy walls. The living room and extremely simple kitchen with dining area are located on the first floor.
On the ground floor, a long corridor lined with bathrooms and bedrooms on either side leads directly to the beach. The bathroom is illuminated by a round skylight and the light-coloured walls reflect the warm light. Duravit by Philippe Starck design enhances comfort: the Starck 3 toilet blends seamlessly into the Mediterranean ambience and, thanks to its comfortable projection, is particularly practical.
Despite the unusual design, Baeza’s “House of the Infinite” is an integral part of its surroundings and opens out to the ocean as if it were a bridge to infinity.