Renovation House JM / Iñigo Beguiristain
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Manufacturers: Geberit, YOUNG, Vibia, &Tradition, Artemis, Catalan, Inalco, Market, RZB, stua, Villeroy & Boch, Vitra, Alfombras KP, Enea Design, FLOS, Frecan, Honnun, Joke, noken, Porcelanosa+2-2
Text description provided by the architects. An 1980s suburban single-family home that symbolizes the early embodiment of the American Dream for an emerging middle class. An “L”-shaped gable roof defines this house, with an annex for the common areas and another for the bedrooms, which embraces a generous porch facing noon. It is a slight reminiscence of the first houses of Cabrero in Puerta del Hierro.
In the countryside, however, the clear Californian villa optimism that inspires this home fails to leave behind the distrust learned from times of scarcity and uncertainty. The few and tiny openings on the facade, the deep porch and the low ceilings transform the house into a dark and dark place, essentially a cave. A practice of the minimums which relies on the optimization of the sections to add, by tightening the ceilings, the hidden space and introduce natural light into rooms unfortunately accustomed to incandescence.
On the facades, the works are of surgical precision, propping up and reinforcing the soft masonry walls to be able to open large horizontal openings and discover the impressive views that envelop the house. The project takes over the garage to enlarge the program and an English courtyard is dug to light and ventilate an underground ‘txoko’ and, until now, closed.
The visual possibilities of the interior cladding in plasterboard are exploited to build a sequence of continuous spaces, nevertheless trying to define clear transitions and maintain the uniqueness and autonomy of each space. The retractable sliding doors multiply the possibilities of fragmentation and privacy, the underfloor heating avoids the dreaded stratification and the impeccable white improves the luminous reverberation which brightens up this second life of the house.