When we talk about house restoration, you may have many presumed ideas about your own connection to the term and what is entailed in its process. However, in terms of architecture, the term restoration doesn't always involve returning something to it’s original state, but involves a process of investigation to determine the origin of its historical and construction techniques; which dictate if the aforementioned is necessary.
The architectural restoration should be done from a practical knowledge and Respect of a building, its history and its tradition. So, here are four different projects to celebrate work in this field:
In a small village, of medieval origin, near Pienza, some of the stonework of this house had been dated back the 1500s. However, like many others, the structure was subject to large changes and additions until 2000, when a study by architectural firm VPS Architetti indicated that a restoration was needed.
The project aims to eliminate has undergone changes in the house’s construction history; to value its tradition. However, the interior transports us to a different reality: the white takes centre stage in the walls and ceilings, trying to create seamless and flexible spaces.
If we think of the Spanish city of Girona and, more specifically, the small valley in Alta Garrotxa, you might conjure up images of small brick cottages with fireplaces and spectacular landscapes right out of their windows. However, reality often surpasses imagination and this house, ’Bosquet’, is proof of that. The restoration of this property consists of three small stories and is the work of architects Arcadi Pla and Núria Pla.
The project was an interior restoration. Due to deterioration, the place was virtually uninhabitable and could, even then, only be lived in for a few days. The lower floor houses the sleeping area, while the upper floor is reserved for a large living area and an open view of the landscape outside.
The firm Dc Arquitects offers a new breath of life for the convent of Sant Francesc; respecting both its history and tradition. After an exciting operating life, the church and the perimeter wall are sadly the only elements that, despite its restored condition, are left. (Photos by Jordi Surroca)
The interior consists of an auditorium -a multipurpose space for culture and history alike. The project instructed a keeping of the existing building, making the most of its open and practical interior.
This is a natural restoration project from out in the natural park of Cap de Creus, in Girona . The firm EFM-landscape architecture, together with Ardèvols Consultos Associats, were the brains behind the operation and they sought to reconstruct the landscape with the least possible intervention.