Housing located in a building in Ciutat Vella, in the historical center of the city of Valencia. Its rehabilitation was carried out in 2004, when it was conceived as what it is today.
Our intervention is mainly based on two premises: to gain light and spaciousness, as well as to respect the pre-existence. For this integral reform project, we sought to integrate the kitchen with the living-dining room, thus creating a single, much larger room. With the materiality we gained a greater sensation of light. With all this we have managed to gain space, light and a feeling of spaciousness. Reserving the rest of the rooms for the night area, bathrooms and bedrooms.
During the construction phase we found the large beam and original wooden beams from the nineteenth century that covered the entire ceiling of the living room (hidden with the previous rehabilitation). We therefore proceeded to restore it and incorporate it into the renovation work, as one of the key elements that most aesthetically differentiates this project.
Betting on the conservation of these elements, we have managed to preserve the essence of a house that dates from 1870, but with the modern and comfortable point of the houses of today. The clients, lovers of the Mediterranean, dreamed of a warm, cosy and familiar house. The decorative elements evoke that atmosphere of the sea, the Mediterranean and simplicity.
Photography: Germán Cabo.