Arquitectura-G is an architectural firm based in Barcelona, dedicated primarily to building and teaching. One of their latest project is the renovation of a country house located in the Catalan Empordà, Girona. The house is surrounded by fruit trees and fields, but it isn’t completely alone, as it shares a wall with another house of smaller size.
The house is the result of a series of extensions that happened over time giving answer to both residential and agricultural needs. When Arquitectura-G first arrived they discovered different volumes in three levels, with a myriad of enchained rooms, with some of them lacking light and ventilation. The main intervention consists in introducing light and fresh air in the core of the house creating exterior areas of relation. Stone walls have been exposed, removing minor walls, allowing new circulations that foster the labyrinthine character of the house, and paradoxically improving its use. All the new steel structure is based on the rhythm of a series of 100×100 steel columns that are repeated in different parts. The new structure, as well as the new doors and window frames, is painted burgundy to easily make the distinction between what is new and what was already there. Every room is connected to the whole, but designed as an independent unit, equipped with its own built-in furniture. The stone volumes are painted off-white to achieve a neutral, natural background where the new materials play an important role in space definition. The result is a country house plenty of living and dining rooms where the family and their frequent guests can work, rest, eat, sleep and swim. More projects on their website!
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