House of Giants by Iterare arquitectos

The renovation of the old building preparing for its future

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巨人之家位于巴伦西亚最著名的El Cabañal渔人码头附近,是这个历史区内的一座独栋住宅。在进行室内设计的时候,建筑师并没有采用最为常见的手法、从基地和周边环境入手,而是从原建筑的悠久历史中汲取灵感,着手空间的改造构想。设计团队希望在不过度简单化或程式化空间的前提下,提出一个现代化的空间概念,通过地中海独有的材料和建造技术,打造出一个符合当地人习惯的、高效可靠且持续耐久的居住环境。

Located in Valencia´s famous fishermans neightborhood of El Cabañal, House of Giants sets itself as a singular construction on this historical area. Its innovation, far from using in vogue solutions completely out of context and place, comes from the deep update of the history that takes place in this building. Without oversimplifying or stylizing, the task was to bring up with an updated contemporary proposition, all those materials and construction techniques of the Mediterranean, those of the local people and local industry, efficient and responsible, those that stood the test and weight of time with great dignity.

▼住宅外观,exterior view of the house ©David Zarzoso


▼住宅室内,采用当地的天然石材和石灰泥土,interior view of the house with the materials of the natural stone from the area and the earthy lime plaster ©David Zarzoso

▼住宅室内局部,采用白色的连拱天花板,interior view of the house with white ceiling with continuous arches ©David Zarzoso

▼住宅的起居室空间,the living room of the house ©David Zarzoso

And so all over the house natural stone from the area, earthy lime plaster, reclaimed wood from the very building, and other such materials and traditional techniques are used though with a contemporary understanding of them, not being a call to the past but a hint to the future. It was a kind of precedent aiming to update the built heritage of the neighborhood, thus preparing it for its future; without overwriting, insulting or perverting any of the aspects of its past.

▼住宅室内,采用与现有建筑中一样的可再生木材作为天花板的材料,interior view of the house with the reclaimed wood from the very building as the ceiling ©David Zarzoso

▼室内空间局部,partial interior view of the house ©David Zarzoso


▼从楼梯看室内空间,viewing the interior space from the staircase ©David Zarzoso

▼联系着各层空间的室内楼梯,the interior staircase connecting each level ©David Zarzoso

▼楼梯近景,close view of the interior staircase ©David Zarzoso

the interior staircase that is a cave completely covered with natural stone, rich in reflections, light and shadows over the walls and steps ©David Zarzoso

staircase details and its light and shadow effect ©David Zarzoso

Spatially, the interior staircase connecting each level is, with no doubt, the key element of the house. Traveling it becomes a sensual experience; walking through a cave completely covered with natural stone, rich in reflections, light and shadows over the walls and steps.

▼空间细节,space details ©David Zarzoso

▼天花板细节,ceiling details ©David Zarzoso


On the facade, the owner, also a local artist engraver, will give the house its name, for his work in the shape of figures of Giants, is engraved on the stone and glass. This way the house links itself with those ancient buildings still present on the area, with a symbolism in decoration that was part of their owners particular persona.

▼住宅外立面局部,石材和玻璃饰面上雕刻着一系列巨人的图像,partial exterior view of the house with the shape of figures of Giants being engraved on the stone and glass ©David Zarzoso

▼玻璃上的巨人图像剪影,the figure of giants on the glass ©David Zarzoso

▼平面图,plans ©Iterare arquitectos

▼剖面图,sections ©Iterare arquitectos

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