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Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

  • 01:00 - 30 June, 2014
Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
Casa en Gardelegui  / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura, © César San Millán
© César San Millán

© César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán © César San Millán + 27

  • Technical Architect

    Javier Valdivielso
  • Structure

    Eduardo Martín
  • Contractor

    Construcciones Fumasa
  • Client

    Nicholas Thunstall Sinclair
  • Budget

    180.000 €
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© César San Millán
© César San Millán

Text description provided by the architects. The old buildings dotted across the Llanada, or plain, of Alava, which make up small village communities, are rather like large warehouses used for a number of purposes: family home, cattle barn, etc. On the whole, these constructions are very simple in shape, being heavy, with a double sloping roof and small windows.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

New buildings obligatorily follow the typology of the old, with regard to the dimensions of their grounds plans, outer perimeters, the proportions between sides, the size of the windows and their composition, materials, and so on.

© César San Millán
© César San Millán

These great domestic containers, survivors from another time, rarely offer the living conditions required today as they are severely lacking in lighting and ventilation.

Section
Section

They do however, offer some interesting features: bluntness of form and individuality. Lets us admit the idea of a barn dwelling as a starting point. We have here a clear example of the clash between tradition and modernity.

© César San Millán
© César San Millán

In order to achieve large glazed spaces without altering the outer shell, we have used a simple method: to place the windows on inner planes of the facade walls, having partially removed these with the use of porches and insets. This increases the dimension of the perimeter of the building. The layout of the windows and doors, frames the surrounding landscape from many differents angles.

© César San Millán
© César San Millán

In this way the single-unit image remains intact while the interior is provided with plentiful lighting.

Section
Section

The resulting volume is added to by a chimney-stack, exterior platforms and enclosing walls. All of these are extensions to the original building which help to link it with the

Cite: "Casa en Gardelegui / Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura" 30 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/520610/casa-en-gardelegui-roberto-ercilla-arquitectura/> ISSN 0719-8884
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