Refurbishment of a town house

Refurbishment of a town house

Architect
Atheleia Arquitectura
Location
Alt Empordà, Girona, Catalonia, Spain | View Map
Project Year
2019
Category
Private Houses
Andrés Arias

Refurbishment of a town house

Atheleia Arquitectura as Architects

The access to the property is facing north, and the first construction we meet isthe old barn. We walk through the patio area, used as a garden and chicken coop.We access the main buildingthrough a ramp which consists of two floors: the lower one for livestockand the upper one used as livingquarters.

 

Facingsouth,we find the orchard area and views towards the Empordà plains and the Gulf of Roses. The old town’surban patternfollows the same logic: a mosaic of stone walls and a cross relationship of street-house-orchards-views. Then, the first step ofthe restorationis the analysis of the stone walls and the adaptationof the design to the pre-existing construction values.

 

The main concept of the project is to create a large opening in the main building to allow views of the landscape from any point on the main floor, while forming an innerworld of relationships among all living quarters through the patio. To enhance the patio as a lively space, the night area will belocated at the old barn’s side and the day area in the existing volume of the home. The patio is conceived as a green pergola to naturalize this space tocreate a degree of privacy with neighboring constructions.

 

The lower flooris a private enclosedarea topped with a Catalan vault and illuminated by embrasures andconceived asanintimate space with a fireplace for the family. Acrossa passage excavated in the rock, we have access to the night volume where we locatethe bathrooms and bedrooms. From this location we finally have again a view to the landscape through the patio.

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