Villalba de los Barros是埃斯特雷马杜拉南部的一个小镇，缓缓起伏的景观中分布着大量的葡萄藤，红色的粘土地使该地区颇有名气。平原上伫立着一栋古老的城堡高塔，建造于西班牙收复失地运动期间。城堡周围分布着众多被粉刷成白色的房屋，而其中最独特的一栋，就是本项目的起始点所在。
Villalba de los Barros is a small town located in the region known as Tierra de Barros, south of Extremadura. There is a huge extension of vines all along a gently undulating landscape, popular for its deep red color clayey lands. On the plain stands Villalba’s ancient old castle tower. The tower is a fortified building of the Spanish Reconquista times. It overlooks the whitewashed houses of the town. One of these houses, probably the most unique one, is the starting point for our project.
▼带有泳池的庭院，courtyard with a pool
It is located in the main square and was built in the eighteenth century. The new rural guesthouse conscientiously respects the original architecture. The project underlines every single original strength lost over time. Simultaneously, it adapts and adds the new use and its requirements seen from a contemporary perspective.
▼室内概览，设计对建筑原有的风格保持了充分的尊重，interior overview: the new rural guesthouse conscientiously respects the original architecture
The two-storey house has a typical setting: three load-bearing wall bays and an Extremadura vault on the ground floor. It opens onto the entrance square on one side and onto a small yard on the other. At this level all the social areas can be found: hallway, living room, kitchen, dining room and yard.
▼客厅细部，living room detailed view
▼餐厅，首层独特的拱顶空间被完整地保留下来，dining room: the unique vault on the ground floor is fully preserved
The original spaces were recovered. In addition, new openings to the yard and between rooms were included to open new perspectives and to obtain more brightness. In material terms, a raw lime mortar has been used on walls while limewash has been used on vaults. The baked clay floor had been lost but we approached local potters who made new pieces by hand. Similar in texture and vibration to the old floor, only the diagonal and irregular layout of drawings (in specular reference of ceilings) makes possible the distinction of this floor as a contemporary one.
▼通往二层的楼梯，staircase leading to the upper floor
▼二层阁楼，the upper floor
▼烧制黏土地板得到了恢复，the baked clay floor had been lost but we approached local potters who made new pieces by hand
The carpentry work also stands out, both for the careful restoration of richly decorated original elements and for the work regarding new doors, windows, friars and their fittings
This brick is also used at the yard to the edge of the small pool that has been built to cool hot summer days
The rural guesthouse has 3/4 bedrooms and three bathrooms, hallway, living room, kitchen, dining room, yard and cellar.It is equipped with modern facilities to ensure comfort. Special care has been taken both in the use of materials and air conditioning systems in their sustainability, following the logic that the vernacular architecture itself represents. Bedrooms have been taken to the upper floor, an old sobrao which was used as a warehouse and to dry cure meat from slaughter.This floor has been almost entirely reorganised, but the aim was to keep the atmosphere and unique character of the house in terms of scale, finishes and furniture.
▼客房1，guest room 1