With this project the young Spanish studio has earned the title of ‘Emerging Architects.’ Creating a from the ruins of an abandoned building. On a tight budget
Arquitectura-g house full of light
and capable. This is how the jury of the Mies van der Rohe Award assessed the architects of the Spanish studio Arquitectura-g, naming them as the ‘Emerging Architects’ for the 2015 edition. Founded in 2006 in Barcelona by Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-bril, Igor Urdampilleta and Aitor Fuentes, the Catalan studio gained this prestigious honor thanks to its design for Casa Luz. The winning idea of the young designers was to create a new building inside an existing structure (a ruined, abandoned house in the small town of Cilleros, in Estremadura, on the boundary with Portugal), conserving the original stone facades and divider walls of rammed earth. The gutting of the internal space has made it possible to organized a new house around an internal courtyard, which brings natural light to the four levels. All the floors, with identical volumes, are set aside for precise functions: from top to bottom, they form a sequence of the kitchen, the living room and two bedrooms, each with its own bath. The central space, like a light well, also becomes a garden: a birch tree stands as tall as the house, tempering the heat of the sunlight in summer, and becoming a visual filter between the various spaces. Light metal footbridges provide access at the various levels, also offering seating for relaxation in the spaces extending between indoors and outdoors. Finally, the materic choices – economical and local – complete a project that puts the accent on sustainability, without sacrificing original formal and chromatic solutions of great visual impact.
1.2. THE PATIO ORGANIZED AS A GARDEN BRINGS LIGHT TO THE WHOLE HOUSE. A SYSTEM OF WALKWAYS IN IRON GRILLE OFFERS ACCESS TO THE FOUR LEVELS, OPENING UP THE SPACES AND ALSO CREATING PERSPECTIVES ON THE GREEN SETTING.