NIU was born from the desire for a comprehensive response to architectural and construction processes. For this reason, we have designed a system to build houses in the most efficient and effective way.
THE NIU SYSTEM
Our process integrates all the necessary phases of constructing a designer home, from the architectural brief —including the management and coordination of all agents involved in the build— to the interior design.
The rigorous systematization of all operations involved in this comprehensive process guarantees that our homes are successfully executed.
Thanks to the speed of our builds, usual construction times are reduced to one-third, including all the management and implementation of the project up to the execution of the house itself.
Thus, NIU homes are guaranteed to be delivered within three months of the date of purchase.
By simplifying and streamlining the process, we ensure the high efficiency of our production chain and guarantee each home is executed on a scheduled basis, without waste, errors or delays. This rigor and control of execution translates directly into a quality investment for our customers: the price of our homes is fixed and known from the beginning.
All our homes are designed to reduce energy consumption to a minimum, and they also incorporate renewable energy systems. Likewise, we are committed to making sure our homes have a minimal environmental impact. This commitment begins with minimizing the carbon footprint of the construction process and continues through the life cycle of the house itself, where the choice to use natural materials facilitates their possible future recycling.
FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS
Fran Silvestre Arquitectos (FSA) was founded in 2005 by Fran Silvestre, who studied architecture and graduated with honors from the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV). He also holds a degree in urban planning from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) of the Netherlands, and is a professor of the Department of Projects at the UPV and at the European University of Valencia. He is also director of the MArch Architecture and Design programs, as well as Doctor cum laude at the UPV. In 2011, he was deputy director of the School of Architecture (ETSA) of the UPV. In 2018, he was appointed to the Victor L. Regnier Chair at Kansas State University (KSU) in the United States.
FSA collaborates with Alfaro Hofmann on interior design, as well as with other international studios on other projects, such as an outstanding collaboration with the Pritzker Prize winner Álvaro Siza.
Fran Silvestre has received first prizes both in Spain and internationally, such as: the 2019 German Design Award (Frankfurt); the 2016 XIII Spanish Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism (Granada); the 2013 Red Dot Design Award (Essen), the 2016 IFCC Awards (New York); and the Caja de Arquitectos Foundation (Barcelona), among others.
In addition, he has been invited by universities and international institutions to present his work at numerous seminars and conferences, including Kansas State University, AIA New York and Virginia Tech. He has also exhibited at several art and design museums and galleries in Spain and abroad, such as Innovdesign at Museu Serralves and the On-Site group show at the MoMA.
Fran Silvestre’s projects can be found all around the world —including China, USA, Brazil, Croatia and Spain— and have been featured in international architecture and interior design magazines, such as Architectural Record, GA Houses, On Diseño and Interni. Phaidon, Taschen, Thames & Hudson and GG have all included his works in their publications. Several monographs that include a large part of the studio’s work have also been published by TC Cuadernos, A.Mag and Arianuova.
Since its founding, the studio has worked on small and large-scale projects. Renowned projects include the House on the Cliff (Alicante, Spain), Balint House (Valencia, Spain), Hofmann House (Valencia, Spain), the House in Hollywood Hills (Los Angeles, USA), the Zibo Masterplan (Zibo, China), the Hotel-Boutique (Vis, Croatia) and the Wind Tower (Valencia, Spain).