When we are commissioned the project, we can see some work has been done to the original house. In fact, the work has been stopped halfway through after an unfortunate structural action. It is economically unfeasible to make changes to the existing forging already stiffened, the new stairwell, the façades or the covers.
As it is impossible to go back to the original state previous to these actions, the project is approached as an addition of small specific interventions that correct, order and increase the value of the built volume.
Most outstanding interventions:
A. One load-bearing brick wall that goes through the three stories of the building. This is the only structural element built, which offers a constructive and aesthetic solution to the staircase and, at the same time, allows to rebuild the house section regularising the old forging.
B. Two interior walls are demolished and the original distribution is changed so that light enters into the darkest areas of the house. On the first floor, the children’s floor, the study is in the inside and the bedrooms by the façade. On the second floor, the parents’ floor, the study is by the façade and the bedroom is interior. Both the children’s and the parents’ study rooms are visually related.
C. The day area on the ground floor is a longish space. In order to let light in, its only opening is enlarged to the maximum. The kitchen is conceived as another part of the furniture of the living-dining area, and related to the exit to the patio and the existing pantry-wine cellar.
D. The façade is kept, but the proportion of openings is changed. Both the garage door and the entrance door are kept, and a new skirting board is added, reaching up to the windows on the first floor to correct the cantilever of the old façade. Metal sheet deployé-type allows for light into the garage.
E. There is no intervention in the pantry-wine cellar on the basement, the patio or the shed, which only need painting.