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.
“House in El Calvario” in Bétera, Spain by Sanahuja&Partners
May 1st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Sanahuja&Partners
This project involves the refurbishing of a row house in the protected heritage area of El Calvario, in the historical city centre of Bétera. This protected status required the conservation of the existing volumes of the façade’s overall composition, and of the roof.
The project consisted mainly of the interior renovation, and the restoration of the patio and the workshop/storage structure located in the back. The patio thus regained its ability to comfortably accommodate outdoor activities. The patio also recovered its original dimensions thanks to the removal of inappropriate elements which had been added over time.
The interior renovation consisted of a functional updating of the house, after carrying out its structural consolidation, repairing the roof, and improving the insulation and energy efficiency. The result meets the needs of the client within a container with high restrictions and a limited surface, while maintaining the essence of the original organization, which has a great sentimental value due to its connection to the previous family life.
We used a palette of traditional materials, combining wood, white plaster and decorative ceramics. Ceramic is used in the pavement of some relevant areas, such as the lobby and kitchen, for functional and aesthetic reasons, providing continuity and fluidity to the interior space.