House in the Pyrenees, Valle de Aran Residence, Casa Pyrenees

Casa Pyrenees, Canejan Property, Valle de Aran House, Spanish Home

House in the Pyrenees, Spain : Valle de Aran Residence

Property in Canejan, Valle de Aran – design by Cadaval & Solà-Morales

30 May 2012

Residence in the Pyrenees

Design: Cadaval & Solà-Morales

Location: España

Project Description

The project seeks to recuperate the construction values of an old existing vernacular house which was made out of dry stone, a traditional technique of the area of great tectonic value. However the distinctive attributes inherent to this construction technique (compactness, massiveness, minimum openings, obscure interiors, weight) deny the extraordinary environment where it is located: on top of a mountain, with views to 2 different valleys that are faced by the two only façades of the house.

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photos © Santiago Garcés

The project elaborates on a series of interior horizontal partitions that are supported by two vertical containers that behave both as structural elements and as divisions of the continuous spaces. Those vertical elements generate vertical continuity within the overall house, and even allow to eventually transform it into two independent homes. But more than any other thing the project places on top of the last slab a vast continuous roof made out of two planes that in their intersection generate a long sore that enables the view of the summit of the mountain from the interior; the roof doesn’t rest directly on top of the stone wall, so a second continuous longitudinal sore is created, permitting incredible views to the valley. The definition of the section of the roof is the definition of the character of the main space of the house.

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photos © Santiago Garcés

By preserving the original structure and doing a minimal yet contrasted intervention, the idea is to generate new and contemporary spaces for living, respecting the historic envelope. On the basement of the house, and responding to a structural weakness of a section of the existing wall, a big opening is shaped within the dry stone wall. Such opening permits amazing views and interior natural lighting to a second living and dining room; the rest of spaces accommodated within the old enclosure have a remnant sense of the old construction, although they are distributed according to new ways of living, in a more contemporary reading of architecture.

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photos © Santiago Garcés

House in the Pyrenees – Building Information

Project Name: House at the Pyrenees
Location: Canejan, Valle de Aran, Spain
Date: Project : 2004. Construction completion: Spring 2010
Project: Eduardo Cadaval & Clara Solà-Morales
Collaborators: Mariona Viladot, Alex Molla, Pernilla Johansson
Structural Engineering: Carles Gelpí
Construction Management: Ballarin TGN, sl
Photographs: © Santiago Garcés

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