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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.

ESTATE IN Extremadura, Spain by ÁBATON Architectura

 
August 28th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: ÁBATON Architectura

Located in a privileged environment in the province of Cáceres, the goal was to transform an abandoned stable into a family home by completely renovating it in a way that would be consistent and respectful with the environment. At the end, the Studio decided that building from scratch was the best option as the stable was in a terrible shape.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

  • Architects: ÁBATON Architectura
  • Project: ESTATE IN Extremadura
  • Location: Cáceres, Extremadura, Spain
  • Photography: ABATON Architecture and Belen Imaz 
  • Software used: microstation
  • Building Area: 332 sq. mt.
  • Gross external area: 5 hectare
  • Architecture project and building: ÁBATO
  • Interior Design Project: ÁBATON and BATAVIA
  • Status: Built
  • Date of Completion: 2010
  • Materials: Recycled Stone, concrete, limestone floors, steel, oak.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

High on a hill and far from city water or an electrical grid, a thorough investigation resulted in the addition of photovoltaic and hydro power (weighted toward solar in summer and hydro in winter) and worked to ensure the home wouldn’t use much energy. The building’s original orientation also helped as southern exposure allowed for the sun to be the main source of heat during the winter.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

A generous eave prevents much sun from entering the home during summer, thus keeping it cool. Large wooden shutters that slide closed like a second skin, cover the large windows at night to trap in most of the home’s daily solar heat gain.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

As the building is located far from city water but perfectly located below two streams that flow year round the water is pure and can be used for drinking and bathing. The swimming pool acts as a holding tank for use in irrigation.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

In the interior nature has been incorporated almost to every room in the house: bathrooms with views of the interior patio and its stone water fountain, bedrooms with huge picture windows overlooking the countryside.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

The position of the architecture is as it was originally and the material used are also the same though given the home’s crumbling state the façade was built with a mix of cement and local stone.In the interior, supporting walls were replaced by light metal pillars, the haylofts in the upper area were converted into bedrooms and the enormous central lounge serves different purposes. In short, a mix of modern cement and iron beams coexist with well-worn stone, weather-beaten wood and local stone.

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © Belen Imaz

Image Courtesy © ÁBATON Architectura

Image Courtesy © ÁBATON Architectura

Image Courtesy © ÁBATON Architectura

Image Courtesy © ÁBATON Architectura

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