Rubido Romero Foundation / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

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Architects: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos
Location: , A Coruña,
Architect In Charge: Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
Area: 117 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Santos Díez

Collaborator: Berta Peleteiro
Technical Architect: Francisco González Varela
Structure : Carlos Bóveda
Services: Inaec
Promotor: Fundación Rubido Romero
Budget: 245.888,00 €

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We have been asked to renovate a small traditional building in rural Galicia which is to be used as the foundation’s headquarters. Particular care will be taken in the project; walls will be reinforced; the tiled roof will be replaced and a bathroom adapted to its surroundings will be installed. The interior will be repaired and painted white; some walls will be panelled and the woodwork will be replaced. The intervening beams will be reused as support for the lighting. Granite flooring and finishing touches of black steel will complete the work.

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Given its new public use, the ceiling height of the original two floors is inadequate being that the first floor was used as a stable and its ceiling is particularly low. For this reason, the access area will have a height of four metres, perhaps this will be more in accordance with its newly endowed function. The air-conditioning unit could be placed over the bathroom and the ventilation chimney joined with the skylight which illuminates the area. In the other rooms, the ceiling height would be reduced, conforming to the slope of the natural terrain.

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The Hall leading out to the exterior, and its adjoining storage room, will be kept. This is practical in a rainy climate such as that of Galicia. The flexibility foreseen in the rest of the building, with simple and limited intervention, enables its future use as a small centre of rural dynamism; public talks, exhibitions, leisure activities, counselling on related matters, etc.

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