Manuel House

Manuel House

Rocamora Arquitectura
Elche, Alicante, Spain
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Private Houses
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Manuel House

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This house is originally a 19th century farmhouse from Camp d'Elx. When we visited the place for the first time we found a traditional house in precarious conditions, with a fallen roof and in a state of advanced ruin.

This new house makes use of the original walls and even incorporates some of them into the new structure. It also makes use of the existing openings to create diaphanous and illuminated spaces that make the most of the south-facing orientation of the house.

The property, now with the aim of housing a program no longer linked to the exploitation of the fields, is thought of with the same virtues that tradition dictated for these constructions and the climate of Elche, Mediterranean, interior, orienting the porch towards the south, bedrooms towards the east, crossed ventilation, backyard porch, west orientation controlled by the aggressive west in summer.

Now the house is developed on the parcel and inserted into it with all these tools of inherited experience, but appropriating the orchards and the new swimming pool as an annexed landscape, as a near horizon line. In order to guarantee the visual continuity between the interior and exterior of the house, aluminum glass and carpentry are used to convert the porch into a large window that allows the light to pass through and leaves the outdoor overflowing swimming pool in view, which, in turn, serves to mark the step on which the inhabitable area ends and the fields begin.

The whitewashed walls, the flat roof, the large openings to the north, the fluidity of the space for day uses with the interior space mean that the solution of continuity between what has been built and the surrounding areas with the plot have a vital continuity, an enjoyment of the characteristic plot of the 21st century.

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