Óscar Miguel Ares, refurbishment in Santibañez de Valcorba (Valladolid)
Photos: Jesús J. Ruiz Alonso
On the street Platerías in Santibañez de Valcorba, a small town located 25 kilometers from the city of Valladolid and surrounded by thick vegetation, Óscar Miguel Ares Álvarez had carried out the renovation of a 420-square-meter courtyard set between two houses, adding various pavilions. Using almost 60 percent of the stone left over from a previous demolition to raise loadbearing walls, the project is a reinterpretation of the Ribera del Duero region’s building traditions, based on masonry and paddled cement techniques. The main strategy involves a flat roof that connects the houses and thus gives the complex a sense of continuity. The design seeks to generate relationships between opposite concepts, such as the contrast between the opacity and massiveness of the stone walls on the one hand, and the transparency and lightness of the glazed enclosures on the other.
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