“Behind a Good Project Comes a Great Client”: Fran Silvestre on the Creation of Modern Spanish Masterpieces

“We like to think of each project as if it were the first, last, and only. But maybe our most important project is our architectural studio in itself and the people that surround it.” Fran Silvestre, founder of Spanish firm Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, sees his practice as a constant work in progress. The team, based in the eastern city of Valencia, is never finished when it comes to developing their collective architectural ethos, always looking to refine and perfect their craft. While the firm has developed their own incredibly distinctive brand of modernism over the past decade, Silvestre emphasizes the importance of artistic inspiration from a host of cultural figures from across southern Europe: “Mediterranean architectural tradition influences noticeably our work. Many things influence us, from Andreu Alfaro’s sculptures to the architecture of Álvaro Siza as well as others which are much more difficult to decipher. We like to think that creativity merges both imagination and remembrance.” House on the Castle Mountainside, Ayora, Spain Siza’s influence is particularly strong in some of the firm’s recent projects, particularly House on the Castle Mountainside in Ayora, Spain, which channels the spirit of Álvaro’s many residential works. Crisp, clean ...
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