Excerpt: Laura Ortin Arquitectura does a Refurbishment of the House in La Alberca such that the house is directly reconnected to the outside by creating few large scale openings, which in turn has created better-lit spaces. Internal spaces, which were individual spaces were converted into one large space creating a larger Expanse.
[Text as submitted by architect] When our client contacted the studio, it had been installed for some time in his new house, a chalet already built on the outskirts of the city near the mountain and his business. The house had been previously built without any relation to the landscape or between the rooms that made it up. Our family somehow wanted to have an approach to the outside, to the sunlight and the swimming pool, to reconnect with their closest ecosystem. Making that meeting possible was our job here.
The project could be considered a domestic retail job. We carry out a spatial cleaning and opening of holes towards the pool. And we substitute certain masterpieces (kitchen, fireplace, bookshelf, sofas, and hall) with our own designs made exclusively for them, as well as advice on furniture connected with the common idea.
We moved the kitchen towards the window and exit to the terrace. We also managed to create a more pleasant, comfortable, and practical cooking space, so everything is at hand, and plenty of storage! The sky blue color was chosen by consensus and we found it excellent to create a fresh and attractive environment.
A dining room and living room space is often filled with books, souvenirs, and objects that some do not want to show, while others do. The shelf is a sculptural piece that decorates and stores things.
A country house without a fireplace is not a country house. The one that existed previously was of a rustic-eclectic aesthetic that does not fit the contemporary idea of the project. The new design is a lofting of the wall to house a fully integrated cassette fireplace.
This is perhaps the most complex space we had to tackle. We created an entrance directly connected to the living-dining room and closed the staircase with translucent glass. These windows rise to become a curved railing from which light and plants hang. There is here a fusion between the contemporary and the neo-rustic, a dialogue that will exist whenever our clients call us to continue updating their house, that house they chose, and that little by little will become their home.