- Construction:Jesús Cruz
- Architects In Charge:Manel Casellas, Mar Puig de la Bellacasa
Text description provided by the architects. Renovation of an old county house in Cantabria, in northern Spain. The house had the typical structure of ancient houses of that zone: stone walls and a timber structure of columns and beams.
Unfortunatelly, at the time we were designing the project, the house partially felt down. Only 2 stone facades remained standing, so in fact we had to rebuild completely the house.
The house was included in a catalogue of ancient buildings of Cantabria, so we had to maintain its volume, facades and materials.
The project rebuilds the house, maintaining the appearance from outside. Inside, we used a contemporary language, but using the same materials that existed before. We have used a dry construction system, with cross laminated timber structure, supported by timber columns and beams. The panel can be seen at the ceilings, and it works also as a parquet floor in first and second floors. We have reused existing stone bases at ground floor to support timber columns.
A triple-height atrium with a staircase is the main space of the house. You can see it from the kitchen/dinning and living room in ground floor, or from the bedrooms corridor in first floor. In ground floor a fireplace is placed just in this atrium. New facades were built using existing stone.