The project consisted of updating and adapting an existing building to the present, to new materials, to new ways of life.
▼二层起居室和室内露台，the living room and the interior terrace on the first floor ©Pol Viladoms
原建筑现有基地上的两座住宅中的一座，这两座住宅以相嵌的方式组合在一起，共用着几道夯土墙。这两座住宅的建筑风格都呼应了西班牙La Plana de Lleida地区内的建筑样式，坐落于一个约5米宽、15-30米长的长方形地块上。本项目通过有选择性地拆除原有住宅的一部分空间，来实现项目的目标，满足客户对其的功能需求。
▼项目概念分析图，the concept diagram
The existing building is the result of the sum of two houses between a rammed earth party walls. They are buildings that respond to the typology in La Plana de Lleida area featuring a rectangular plot that is around 5 meters wide and 15-30 meters in length. The main approach of the project was to empty the existing building in a selective way in order to attain the project aims and provide for the functional needs of the clients.
This void allowed for the elimination of existing elements and for a reduction in the amount of surface requiring remodeling and thereby provides economic savings for the client. This decrease in remodeling area allowed us to provide the functional needs required by customers almost automatically. New visuals and relationships were also generated between the new rooms, both vertically and horizontally. The decision to place the empty spaces in contact with the north and south facades allowed us to obtain a greater contact surface with the exterior and to generate a more compact building. This reduced depth allowed us to extend the light from the facade to the center of the house.
▼二层起居室和室内露台，通高空间使得光线可以照进住宅内部，the living room and the interior terrace on the first floor, the double-height space introduces the sunlight into the central house ©Pol Viladoms
▼二层的起居室，the living room on the first floor ©Pol Viladoms
▼起居室局部，墙面虚实相间具有韵律感，partial living room view with the rhythmic wall, the solid and void spaces alternate ©Pol Viladoms
▼虚实相间的墙面细节，details of the rhythmic wall with the alternation of the solid and void spaces ©Pol Viladoms
Our efforts for this project were concentrated on giving the new spaces a domestic feel in the face of its monumentality. The new inner spaces generated by our selective vacuums are where we placed the spaces with a more “public” appeal. These spaces are visual connectors even though they are set at different levels. In them, everyday activities are carried out whereas the rooms of a more private nature are located around these rooms.
▼二层的厨房和餐厅，the kitchen and the dining on the first floor ©Pol Viladoms
The building was developed on three levels, on the ground floor we have the “Roman Fauces” entrance, in tribute to the large entrance halls of the farmhouses and the traditional houses in the town. Day activities are concentrated on the first floor, with the living room, kitchen and dining room linked to the inner terrace and bathroom and the accompanying room. The second floor is dedicated to the night area where the rooms and the corresponding bathrooms are concentrated.
▼室内楼梯，the interior stairs ©Pol Viladoms
The material essence of housing was achieved by fundamentally stripping and removing all ornaments and finishes prior to remodeling and returning the building to its original appearance. Our aim was to recover the essence of this type of houses, where the material, the texture and the color are given additional value and incorporated within the new interior language. The rammed earth walls take on a prominent technical role in this new language since these walls allow us to regulate the natural moisture, temperature and acoustics of the interior of the house.
▼住宅入口，暴露出原建筑的夯土墙和被粉刷成白色的砖墙，the entrance of the house, exposing the original materials like the rammed earth wall and white-painted brick wall ©Pol Viladoms
▼入口大厅，the entrance hall ©Pol Viladoms
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，first floor plan
▼三层平面图，second floor plan
PROJECT YEAR: 2016‐2018
AREA: 303 m2
LOCATION: El Poal (Lleida) Catalonia, Spain
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