Guinovart Florensa Residence / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

© Santiago Garces

Architects: Cadaval & Solà-Morales
Location: Canejan, Vall d’Aran,
Collaborators: Mariona Viladot, Alex Molla, Pernilla Johansson
Proyect Year: 2004 – 2010
Proyect Area: 350 sqm
Promotor: Biollar TGN, sl
Constructor: Ballarín Gabás Guillén SL
Structures: Carles Gelpí Arquitecte
Photos: Santiago Garcés

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.

© Santiago Garces

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.

© Santiago Garces

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 29 May 2015. <>
  • mm2919

    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.

  • David Basulto

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

  • santhosh kuniyil

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

  • Kikai

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

  • squidly

    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.

  • arconserve

    Interesting modern adaption to an old vernacular house made of dry stone. Blends well in to it's charming context

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  • victor paz

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