LocationMuros, A Coruña, Spain
Architect in ChargeAlba Fernández Arias, Lucía Fernández Rodríguez, Elena López Fernández, Xulio Turnes Vieito
Civil engeneerPatricia Paris Suárez
PhotographsCourtesy of Xulio Turnes Vieito - Domohomo
From the architect. Ita’s villa is set in the historic fishing village of Muros, whose coastline is characterized by its stone buildings and arcades, where, in the past, small boats or fishing gear were sheltered.
When the project began, we were faced with one more piece of this unique urban trace, but with a significant level of disrepair. Sometimes, with any possibility to measure or to contrast anything, so we had to give an individualized answer to every little detail as was emerging.
The material that allows adapting to each of these vicissitudes was undoubtedly the wood; specifically, chestnut wood, in its various finishes, painted, varnished or oiled. Rugged and versatile enough to fit any situation, from the structure to the final coating.
In fact, it has even been used to express own elements of architecture. For example, by giving one floor more to the old building, it is highlighted with a continuous cladding and a galeria that shows the imprint of a later intervention and lightweight. Inside, the warmth of the material is enhanced and accentuated on the back of wardrobes, as pieces of making up the space, while combined with a set of sliding panels, allowing different uses of the rooms.
However, beyond the wood, the true pleasure of living in this building is that it offers fabulous views over the Muros’ bay. Since each floor, the sea is visible very clearly, to the point of almost being able to touch.