Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Architecture Wednesday: Villa CP

Villa CP is the result of a 2013 restoration of an old Catalan farmhouse in Girona, Spain, whereby a 21st century house has been created inside an old stone structure. The existing stone walls have been largely rebuilt, with enormous openings towards the landscape linking the house to its spectacular surroundings: a National Park of cork oak with distant views towards the Mediterranean.

The firm who oversaw the restoration, Zest Architecture, has an eye toward sustainability, so it is no surprise that this project uses materials and elements such as a natural pool whose water is filtered by plants and gravel, insulation with locally harvested and produced cork, clay and stray panel finishes in the interior and heating/cooling through a geothermal installation.

The old and the new, which will age, strengthen each other through their opposition and juxtaposition; the old has been left visible with all its scars, while new materials such as Corten steel, wood and clay, were chosen for the beauty of their natural imperfections and the way in which the traces left by time make them even more beautiful.

Rain, wind, human touch…. will make sure that this house will be even more beautiful over time.

4 comments:

mistress maddie said...

Bob, soon as I read in Spain......it had me! I absolutely love the exterior stone and I would enjoy long soaks in that bathroom. Course id need a whole host of Spaniard houseboys.

Biki Honko said...

Wow! I want this house! Its not huge and the interiors are human sized. Lovely pick this week!!!

Mike said...

Are photos of the pool available? I would like to know details of the construction, if that's not too much to ask.

Mitchell is Moving said...

I'll take one, please. Just bill me.