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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.

Gardélegui Family dwelling in Álava, Spain by Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

 
July 5th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

The old buildings dotted across the Llanada, or plain, of Alava, which make up small village communities, are rather like large warehouses used for a number of purposes: family home, cattle barn, etc.

On the whole, these constructions are very simple in shape, being heavy, with a double sloping roof and small windows.

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

  • Architects: Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura
  • Project: Gardélegui Family dwelling
  • Location: Álava, Spain
  • Photography: César San Millán
  • Colaboradores: Eduardo Martín, Cálculo Estructura
  • Client: Nicholas Thunstall Sinclair
  • Technical Architect: Javier Valdivielso
  • Empresa Constructora: Construcciones Fumasa
  • Area: 270 m²
  • Budget: 180,000 €
  • Situación: Gardélegui (Vitoria)

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

New buildings obligatorily follow the typology of the old, with regard to the dimensions of their grounds plans, outer perimeters, the proportions between sides, the size of the windows and their composition, materials, and so on.

These great domestic containers, survivors from another time, rarely offer the living conditions required today as they are severely lacking in lighting and ventilation.

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

They do however, offer some interesting features: bluntness of form and individuality.

Lets us admit the idea of a barn dwelling as a starting point. We have here a clear example of the clash between tradition and modernity.

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

In order to achieve large glazed spaces without altering the outer shell, we have used a simple method: to place the windows on inner planes of the facade walls, having partially removed these with the use of porches and insets. This increases the dimension of the perimeter of the building.

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

The layout of the windows and doors, frames the surrounding landscape from many differents angles.

In this way the single-unit image remains intact while the interior is provided with plentiful lighting.

The resulting volume is added to by a chimney-stack, exterior platforms and enclosing walls. All of these are extensions to the original building which help to link it with the other surrounding houses.

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

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Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

Image Courtesy © César San Millán

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Image Courtesy © César San Millán

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Image Courtesy © César San Millán

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Image Courtesy ©  César San Millán

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Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

Image Courtesy © Roberto Ercilla Arquitectura

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