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Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

  • 01:00 - 24 June, 2010
Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales +39

  • Architects

  • Location

    Canejan, Vall d’Aran, Spain
  • Architects

    Cadaval & Solà-Morales
  • Collaborators

    Mariona Viladot, Alex Molla, Pernilla Johansson
  • Structures

    Carles Gelpí Arquitecte
  • Promotor

    Biollar TGN, sl
  • Constructor

    Ballarín Gabás Guillén SL
  • Area

    350.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010

From the architect. The project seeks to recuperate the construction values of an old existing vernacular house which was made out of dry stone, a traditional technique of the area of great tectonic value. However the distinctive attributes inherent to this construction technique (compactness, massiveness, minimum openings, obscure interiors, weight) deny the extraordinary environment where it is located: on top of a mountain, with views to 2 different valleys that are faced by the two only façades of the house.

The project elaborates on a series of interior horizontal partitions that are supported by two vertical containers that behave both as structural elements and as divisions of the continuous spaces. Those vertical elements generate vertical continuity within the overall house, and even allow to eventually transform it into two independent homes. But more than any other thing the project places on top of the last slab a vast continuous roof made out of two planes that in their intersection generate a long sore that enables the view of the summit of the mountain from the interior; the roof doesn’t rest directly on top of the stone wall, so a second continuous longitudinal sore is created, permitting incredible views to the valley. The definition of the section of the roof is the definition of the character of the main space of the house.

By preserving the original structure and doing a minimal yet contrasted intervention, the idea is to generate new and contemporary spaces for living, respecting the historic envelope. On the basement of the house, and responding to a structural weakness of a section of the existing wall, a big opening is shaped within the dry stone wall.

Such opening permits amazing views and interior natural lighting to a second living and dining room; the rest of spaces accommodated within the old enclosure have a remnant sense of the old construction, although they are distributed according to new ways of living, in a more contemporary reading of architecture.

Cite: "Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales" 24 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/65555/guinovart-florensa-residence-cadaval-sola-morales/>
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Taegu.Kwon ??? · March 10, 2011

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victor paz · January 25, 2011

what a comfertable house and I love the weather too. I would like to live there nice job.!! =D

bluevertical · September 19, 2010

Guinovart Florensa Residence by Cadaval http://is.gd/fgWjq #architecture #interiordesign #minimalism #spain *sharp design

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Matt Cole · June 29, 2010

RT @arconserve Interesting mod adaption to old vernacular house made of dry stone. Blends well in it&#39s charming context http://bit.ly/d6QLa0

arconserve · June 29, 2010

Interesting modern adaption to an old vernacular house made of dry stone. Blends well in to it&#39s charming context http://bit.ly/d6QLa0

Nenad Milasinovic · June 27, 2010

Great example of integrating old & new elements to a dwelling in the context of surrounding built form & topography.
http://bit.ly/aUbVOb

Michael Baugus · June 27, 2010

Modern "A" Frame cabin in Spain- Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales | ArchDaily http://bit.ly/auvYcB

Geoff Simpson · June 26, 2010

I am loving this reno of a stone #house in Spain: http://ow.ly/23aXq The cool modern #design and beautiful views look spectacular!

Nikola Kostov · June 26, 2010

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squidly · June 26, 2010

What an incredible site. i wish more thought went into the entry sequence, which is dumb but typical nowadays, and wonder if the lower level could have been treated differently than the upper level, ie, not whitewhitewhite. With the views and open ceiling of the upper level, it makes sense to be white; the lower level might have been nice if darker.

Özkan Hatip · June 25, 2010

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Kikai · June 25, 2010

Lovely! I think one could really feel at home here...

santhosh kuniyil · June 25, 2010

salutes the architects!Design & materials used really blends with the nature!

Alex Gray · June 25, 2010

A superb home for rides into the mountains. http://bit.ly/dyDhsR Now, time to rob a bank.

Isabella Rescaldani · June 25, 2010

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David Basulto · June 25, 2010

Clap, clap, clap. Cadaval & Solá Morales are doing a very good work, looking forward for their X House currently under construction.

mm2919 · June 24, 2010

Fraiche elegance ...
Ce qu'il faut de singularité, dans le cadre d'un jeu tendu de l'archétype...chapeau! vraiment.
Une véritable direction de travail pour chacun.

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