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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ANORO HOUSE in Sant Esteve de Palautordera by Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes

 
April 16th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes

The project consists on the extension of an existing weekend house near the village of Sant Esteve de Palautordera, one hour north from Barcelona.

The existing house had been enlarged with small additions after its completion, but the new room program almost doubled the original surface of the house, and therefore, the new construction couldn´t be understood as one more new volume added to the original. The strategy, from the very beginning, was to treat the overall project as a “dancing couple”, where every part has its own role while dancing the same song.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

  • Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes
  • Project: ANORO HOUSE
  • Location: c/ Ocells, 9, Sant Esteve de Palautordera
  • Photography: Jordi Bernadó
  • Collaborators: Albert Cabrer, Gracinda Ferreira, Carina Silva
  • Date of completion: 2013
  • Built surfgace: 242 m2 (128 m2 new house + 114 m2 refurbishment)
  • Promoter: Anoro-Clusa family
  • Constructor: Calam Tapias Construccions

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

The original house consisted of a simple volume which had been altered adding a small porch and a gallery. Our first operation  focuses on  eliminating these additions, leaving the original house as what we understand to be  a prototypical house: a simple volume with pitched roof, white walls and small rectangular windows.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

The extention is built with the same goal of spontaneity than the original. It appears as a simple volume which almost repeats the width and is slightly lower than the original house not to compete with the piched roof.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

The new couple is made of two similar characters. The volumes, the dimensions and proportions of the windows, as well as the materials and the construction techniques of the two are similar. They are equal but not identical; none of the two tries to be the main volume, but it is easy to distinguish between both. It is not about twin brothers, like the characters of Dupond and Dupont, but rather, a couple of singularities inside a same unity, like Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

The most inmediate relationship between similarities and own charachteristics in each volume can be seen in the façades. Even though both volumes have the same origin, and basilcally the same treatment, the new one shows the layers of its construction; the bricks, the plastering, the white paint,… The stripes in the façade give a certain leading role to the new volume, which compensates its smaller dimension and brings some lightness and fragmentation that vanishes the house when facing the garden.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

The new entrance and stairs are placed between the two volumes, working as a joint. This area is slightly set back from the main volumes and its lower height allows it not to be a third piece which could compete with the main couple. It is a space between the leading actors, which works as much for the volumetry as for the internal organization; arranging the circulations and showing the origin, the process and, above all, the main strategy for the whole project.

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

Image Courtesy © Jordi Bernadó

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes

Image Courtesy © Anna & Eugeni Bach, arquitectes

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