Excerpt: ‘Casa MBT’ designed by Horma Estudio is an architecture project that consists of a specific intervention in a historic maritime environment with very defined established rules. The space is built using raw, natural materials like concrete, polished DM, and ceramic, and lime on the outside, incorporating Mediterranean architecture and existing materials from adjacent homes.
[Text as submitted by architect] The project consists of a specific intervention in a historic maritime environment with very defined established rules. The series of houses offers the user the opportunity to intervene in one of them and its adjacent void.
The main reflection of the project consists of the reinterpretation of the dividing line between plots, until now it continues as a boundary between properties, but now open to a free layout to shape the full and empty.
The manipulation of this line allows defining the strictly necessary spaces, articulating, at the same time, the interior and exterior to get the most out of it, taking the existing construction as a fixed element. From there, this line is released into the scope of expansion, intentionally evidencing the relationship between the original preexistence and its growth.
Inside, materials exposed in their rawness and naturalness build the entire space. Concrete, polished DM, and ceramic inside and the continuity of lime on the outside try to create a new spatiality with the original and existing materials in the adjoining homes, with mediterranean architecture in its own place.