Galicia, an Atlantic region in north-west Spain, has a long tradition of single family detached housing. The existing urban fabric consist of buildings using ancient building techniques which give rise to many thick granite stone walls. The openings are relatively small, with timber frames, usually aligned with the external side of the façade walls. Sunlight and heat are often obtained by means of sunrooms, made of timber and glass, and usually placed in the south or west façade.
The arrival of modernity has given way to building techniques based on brick and concrete, and the number of single family houses has increased in an unprecedented manner. The majority of them have no architectural value at all.
The project explores a possible way to refurbish these kinds of houses, providing them with a better connection with the environment, and also considering contemporary ways of living. It has been designed as a permanent home for a married couple, with four adult children who visit them during the holidays.
The design compacts the 4 childrens rooms (which get light and ventilation from motorised skylights) into a relatively small area. In contrast, the shared spaces (living room, sunroom, porches and terraces) are large and generous, in order to accommodate lively family gatherings during summer and Christmas holidays.
The project reutilises the structure of the previous house, but interiors, façades and roof are completely new. A sunroom in the western façade and a new porch facing east are the only new additions to the area of the house.