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.
Casa do Medio in Santiago de Compostela, Spain by Arrokabe Arquitectos
April 23rd, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Arrokabe Arquitectos
For a long time the historical building was inhabited by a priest before then for 30 years was empty and finally to become the dwelling for a couple with their three sons. For the young family Arrokabe Arquitectos designed bright living and sleeping rooms on four floors. For the redesign of the old house the historic facade remained unchanged on the street side. Also, all bearing walls remain and have been supplemented subtly inside by a light timber frame construction. A key element of the house is the new staircase, which was placed after the restoration to its original location.
It connects all four floors and changed in appearance from floor to floor: While it consists of massive wood steps and opaque parapet on the ground floor, has been omitted in the following floors of the risers and the parapet replaced by a golden metal railing. Is the very top the stairs only from cheeks loose steps, which are accompanied by delicate, white metal rods. You drop down to the lower floors, the light from the roof space. On the top floor the existing roof was disguised by a wooden, covered curved soffit. The sculptural ceiling to form a contrast to the angular lines of the existing building and gives the small rooftop room a dynamic touch. There is a job and a room to make music.
The loft is in visual reference to the second floor, where the living room and three bedrooms. A guest room on the first floor and dining room, lounge and kitchen downstairs complete the space program. While the roadside facade of the house remained untouched, the facade of the courtyard was complemented by a small farming, which was covered with a vertical wood sheathing. It serves as a bright conservatory, and serves on the second floor a spacious terrace. From here you have a look at the old, stone-paved courtyard, which features a shaded location beneath a wooden desk roof on warm days. For the young family a modern and light-filled home, which takes adequate consideration for the historic shell of the old existing building was built at the same time offers all the amenities of a modern building. Here surprised the interior with bright, spacious rooms, the historical core noticeable on all floors and remains visible.
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