Spanish architecture company Architecture Andrea Solé revitalizing the ruins of Can Tomeu, a historic Catalan building from the 1800s, has now turned into a modern, self-sufficient home. In addition to sensitively restoring and reinforcing the remaining walls from the original building, the architects expanded the building’s area with a subdivision and inserted site-sensitive materials. to give the house a warm feeling. The house has also been fitted with solar panels, a diesel tank and a rainwater and gray water collection system out of net use.
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Located at the entrance of the Parc Natural de Garraf just outside the town of St Pere de Ribes, Can Tomeu was originally used for agricultural and stone making purposes for the Masia Corral d’en Capdet. Though the building was later abandoned and degraded ruins Comprising only bearing walls, Can Tomeu has been classified as a Cultural Property of Local Interest (BCIL), an indication that requires the preservation of the remaining elements of the building. Despite the strict regulations and the site’s dire conditions, the architects carried out the challenge by being careful. rehibilitate original walls and an area expansion by 30%.
The architects used iron mesh and concrete reinforcement to repair and join the original stone walls. Concrete Also used to raise the height of existing walls and form a new roof structure. In contrast, the outer walls of the new annex are made of a smooth, white surface. The large windows are framed in wood throughout both old and new buildings to visually bond the buildings together, bringing a warm feeling to the home and the outside. The light-filled interior matches the exterior’s minimalistic design approach with a simple material palette that includes ceramic tiles to evoke Mediterranean character.
“Performance represents the building’s second life, rediscovering the existing interior space of a clear and powerful geometry that, after intervening, constitutes a new spatial experience,” noted architect.
Photography by Adria Goula through Andrea Solé Arquitectura