Lime mortar grouting. Purely artesanal work done with art and dedication. No wall is similar to the other. Creativity is the clue to create harmony in each and every stone that form each wall without hiding its history. First the existing grouting or plaster layer is removed. Then Tosca is washed with water pressure. After that grouting is done only with lime mortar. We found Tapial Wall from the 12th century with high archaeological interest. This was restored with special care and restoration methods.
When we talk about ecological architecture in restoration or complete refurbishments, we also talk about the recycling and the reuse of materials from the site. In this house we reused the Tosca stone that formed part of an existing wall which separated the day area from the kitchen, to transform it into steps in the new Southern naya.
The garden is the place to be, to connect with nature in peace. A quiet corner of nature. Due to the intense feelings that appear in a garden, from ancient times it is related with religion or symbolism.
A garden is far from everyday matters and from wilderness. It is the perfect place to think, and to get the best part of human essence.
In the Greek mythology the Hespérides Garden was related to the Spanish land.
In big cities it is complicated to find a place with such a quality. In Valencia a good garden is the Jardín de las Hespérides. The project was done by a team of three architects: Antonio Gallud, Carlos Campos and Miguel del Rey and an agriculture engineer María Teresa Santamaría.
-Sketch to explain the project to the client. -Picture of the original state. -Picture of the final state.
During the works, the wall showed us pieces of tosca stone instead of normal one, and the railing was finally done without glass in relation with the rest of the house. The fireplace, the wooden ceiling and the spatial concept itself remained.
The maze is a common landscaping tool, it is linked with our origins, and the greek mythology used it very well. To control the plants is maybe a genetic thing of human beings.
To hide, to guide, or to disorientate is available in the nature.
We have a very good natural maze in Spain, it is in the North, in Cantabria. Here the link: Laberinto de Villapresente
Nuestro mayor interés en la rehabilitación de esta vivienda del siglo XIX es mantener y conservar todos los elementos tradicionales que la constituyen. Como por ejemplo los arcos de tosca existentes, pero a la vez creando unos nuevos. Y por ello utilizamos materiales y técnicas constructivas de la época. Optamos por emplear el mismo lenguaje constructivo, siendo honestos con la historia que ha vivido esta vivienda a lo largo de los años. Sufría graves problemas de humedad. Comenzamos con la impermeabilización del suelo y la creación de doble hoja con cámara de aire ventilada.