BACK GARDEN HOUSE
REHABILITATION OF A FAMILY CITY HOUSE WITH BACK GARDEN IN THE HISTORIC QUARTER OF SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA. 2006-2007.
A very long and narrow plot, and the very restricted legislation make the search of the light the aim of this project.
We are publishing this new post about this house, ended some years ago, because we have recently visited it again in order to take some new pictures.
When we commissioned the project we founded an original building with 8 m deep dividing walls made of stone. They had been added a number of sheds and ancillary buildings of very poor quality.
The legislation allowed a 12 m deep building, to which we could add an annex 20 sqm building.
Our proposal was then demolish everything that was needless and preserve the original building, adding 4 meters to reach the allowed 12 meters deep, including the same features (wooden structure supported on load perimeter walls) and also preserving the central position of the stairs. Thus, a distribution of two rooms each floor was generated.
The annex building is located 4 meters away from the main house, so a courtyard is generated filling the dining and kitchen with light. The glazing corridor to the annex building have some soft stairs to overcome the height difference between the orchard and the main house, so the living room is directly vinculated to the back garden. The annex building has a green roof, so from the main bedroom, which is located in the first floor, you can see a continuous with the vegetation around.
The facade is preserved. We replaced the aluminium windows for wooden ones.
The masonry stone ground floor dividing wall is seen throughout the circulation area.
A big sliding door joins the room in the ground floor with the access area.
The kitchen dinning is the heart of the house, communicating all the rooms and the stairs. The kitchen is solved with U-shaped base cabinets in grey, with a white worktop flying towards the circulation area forming a bar solution. The high cabinets are situated in the dinning, with custom made white doors hiding the refrigerator, microwave, etc.
The upper floor is separated 40 cm. from the stairs, leaving a gap over which there is a skylight, so you can see the sky while you use the sink.
The dining room overlooks the courtyard through a blue lacquered aluminum window.
A stepped corridor leads to the living room, which is connected with the garden at the same level.
In the garden, the first zone is paved with the same wood that covers the facade, and it is separated from the neighbour by a white wall on which rests a furniture piece that hosts a worktop with marble sink recovered from the original building, and then goes down to become a bench.
The stairs are divided into three sections, the first two drive up to the first floor and beneath them lies a toilet and a small storage. The steps are made of eucalyptus wood. The third tranche goes up to the attic and is steeper than the other two. It is solved with a single central wood stringer. The stairs are closed with vertical steel bars.
The first floor is distributed with two bedrooms and two bathrooms aside to the stairs, because all the facilities go up by a double wall behind them. Some narrow windows with translucid glass open to the stairs giving light to the bathrooms.
The attic does not occupy the whole floor, so in the bedrooms downstairs you can see the pitched ceiling in wood.
Photos from 7cero