The Stonewall house follows the material and constructive logics of the original wall-fence, but adapting them to current requirements. It is built entirely with load-bearing walls, reusing the stones from the old wall, mixing them with aggregate from the plot along with limestone and cement.
Adrià Goula Sardà studied at Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) being graduated in 2000. He initially worked as an architect in different architecture offices in Barcelona as well as in Paris, such as Enric Miralles and Benedetta Tagliabue (EMBT) or Yves Lion (Ateliers Lion Associated). In 2004 he began his professional career as a architectural photographer.
This early XX century patio-apartment presents the opportunity to reformulate the dwelling’s conditions, adapted to Mediterranean climate, in the urban density of Gracia’s district.
At la Carme we wanted to keep and maximise the existing footprint of its original hydraulic mosaics with beautiful floor tiles. The damaged bits of the pavement were removed and replaced by pieces of the same format but flat, so that the colours of the new pieces are related by contrast or by appropriation of the existing colours of the original floor.
The materialization is answering the desire to recover and/or emphasize the original condition of the traditional style house. A piece of natural terracotta is placed on a running board as the pavement and the walls are stripped to expose the original factory work with all its defects and textures.
The house, located in Calders (a small village in the centre of Catalonia), is the new home to a couple with two children. The site is at the end of the village with the natural park of “Sant Llorenç del Munt i l´Obac” just in front. They requested to include an office, common living space, three private rooms, two bathrooms and a garage.
The project presents the renovation of an apartment located in a building on the ‘Eixample’ neighbourhood, Barcelona. Originally, the apartment presented a decayed and dark image due to the excessive subdivided rooms.