Materials, textures and historical elements with a timeless soul are now combined with the new architecture. This game of contrasts speaks of history and contemporaneity. A “renew or die” of old buildings that are capable of undergoing a transformation, adapting to new needs. An “ode” to certain historical elements that take center stage. We present ten projects today where the stone found and the new elements are mimicked and exalted mutually.
Can Valls, air, silence and vegetation for an artist
Can Valls was born as a traditional Mallorcan house, restored and converted into a painting studio. Munraq is the architectural studio in charge of this rehabilitation. With a philosophy that starts from integrating the architecture in the Mediterranean landscape, they design this house from a ruined rural house. The old and the new are unified in this house-studio where stone is one of the main constructive elements, finding clear differences between the architecture found and the new architecture. A rehabilitation with methods and materials that speak, with respect, in the same language.
Arquipélago, an island of contemporary art in the middle of Azores
Designed by Menos é Mais y João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, this center of Contemporary Art Archipelago recovers an old industrial complex. The building found on the island of San Miguel of the archipelago of the Azores, formerly dedicated to the production of alcohol and tobacco, is now transformed into an art center. The project seeks to unify scales and the history of its buildings. Form and materiality are transferred between new and old and stone re-charges an essential role. Archipelago becomes a significant building that extols its previous value and stands out for its cultural endowment.
Manshausen, a dream for the Artic Circle explorers by Stinessen Arkitektur
A solid body rests on the stone. In the middle of the sea, in a small island of the archipelago of Steigen in Norway, we locate these independent huts. Overlying the rocky coast, surrounded by mountains and the waters of Barent, we find these small dwellings that take as support a rocky base and generate an -valiente- contrast of materials that culminates in a virgin view towards the infinite, a flight towards the sea.
Art Gallery Aldama-Fabré, restoring spaces with art
An old abandoned workshop becomes the enclabe of the Aldama-Fabré Art Gallery. BABELStudio recovers an old workshop in the La Vieja neighborhood of Bilbao. The industrial character found serves as a perfect setting for the exhibition of works by local and international artists and photographers. Art and history coexist and achieve a duality between the traditional and the contemporary. Moving away from the conventional concept of “white cube” for galleries and museums, Alfama-Fabré makes stone, hormone and white transform space with a much more dynamic and attractive concept.
Casa en Sierra de Janeanes by João Branco
Near Coimbra, in the Sierra de Janeanes, is this rehabilitation of an old complex of traditional farms. An architecture found marked by its structural composition of large stone walls formed the existing houses and corral areas. This rehabilitation keeps the stone seen on the outside, and in the interior makes it coexist along with white walls and ceramic floors. Tradition and contemporary elements that contrast and coexist, maintaining attention in the stones and the history that inhabits them.
Stone House transformation by Wespi de Meuron Romeo
The new and the old are merged to create a renovated space in the center of the town of Scaiano, in the southernmost canton of Switzerland. This historic stone house has been renovated by the architect Wespi de Meuron Romeo. The intervention seeks to achieve the archaic simplicity of the original construction. A complete renovation that preserves the stone walls as well as recovers a small town square in front of the house, inviting the visitor to spontaneous encounters.
Casa do Meio, between tradition and modernity
The Galician city of Santiago de Compostela houses this three-storey house, built between medianeras, in the street that gives name to the project, Rua do Meio. Arrokabe Arquitectos recovers the whole of the house and adapts it to the new needs that a current family brings. Keeping and respecting to the maximum the original structure of the house, the new rooms are opened, adapting the space to the required program. The found building is undressed, the found stone is recovered and it is renewed, giving rise to luminous spaces that recover the original volumes. Tradition and modernity work hand in hand enhancing the relationship between the new and the existing.
Hangover Bar, a temporal bar for a music festival
In the 2015 edition of Ignition Festival, Hangover Bar was built, materializing the idea of Nuno Pimeta. In a festival that is an “intergalactic meeting to celebrate music, architecture and nature”, this bar was built that manages to live in perfect harmony with nature. A light and transparent temporary bar as well as visible and festive at the same time. Built on an old stone water well, the architect used light elements that seem to float above it. These pre-fabricated elements like wood panels, corrugated sheets of fiberglass and steel struts, renew and give temporary use to this previously forgotten space.
Finca en Extremadura by Ábaton Arquitectura
Finca in Extremadura, an intervention respectful with the environment, able to integrate with the landscape. This family home is located in an old abandoned barn. A project of Ábaton Arquitectura that is a work of reflection and in-depth study on the existing building and the surrounding environment. The old stone stable is transformed and receives a new use, opening up to the surrounding environment and allowing this house to enjoy its views in the heart of the Extremadura landscape.
Stable Acre by David Kohn
Stable Acre, an old ruined barn rethought by David Kohn. A reform capable of transforming space and giving it a new use. The exterior landscape is connected directly in each of its rooms and its rehabilitation is made with local materials. A project that retains the identity of Norfolk, United Kingdom.