About This Project
Samitier, La Fueva, 2015

A contemporary renovation of a traditional village house as a second home.

Originally used as an annexe to the adjoining farmhouse, this three storey building with a wine cellar is long and narrow in plan, and oriented east-west. The original stone walls were kept as well as the roof which was more recent, but the inside was completely emptied and remodelled.
The design challenge was to bring in light and create a sense of openness. The difference in level from front to back was an opportunity to create diverse, interconnected living spaces, which carry on through bi-fold doors out to the terrace at the back with its spectacular views to the west and the setting sun. On the attic level, the same open plan idea was used to create a highly flexible sleeping and playing space, while the middle floor has two double bedrooms for
those who need a bit of peace and quiet!
Simple, natural building materials create a neutral backdrop and contrasting splashes of bright colour in the eclectic contemporary fittings and furniture create a relaxed yet playful ambience.
High energy efficiency was achieved by insulating all walls and roof with natural breathable materials, while heating and hot water are provided by an integrated system with a wood fired stove and a gas boiler as backup.

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