Casa IV in Playa de la Malvarrosa has a unique and advantageous location, close to Valencia and the Mediterranean Sea. The plot has pre-existing architecture: a protected home from the 1920s and a large patio. Both elements will be used as the starting point for the project.
The general design aims to restore the original features of the pre-existing structures and its heart: the patio.
The importance of the project
We view the existing architecture as a great opportunity. The house’s set-up makes it a totally unique project in Valencia. The location, plot and existing construction perfectly combine to create a wonderful project that has a beautiful historic, Mediterranean patio in a location by the sea.
For us, luxury is something completely intangible, luxury is in the setting, it’s the expression of well-being. Luxury is a courtyard, an ancient tree, a historic building, a room bathed in natural light… It means being close to the beach and the city of Valencia, while also being able to enjoy a large, sunny garden. It means reclaiming simple, core values.
Restoring the garden
The objective is to make the garden the heart of the project because the Mediterranean climate means it can be enjoyed throughout the year. In the same way that, in music, a melody cannot work without silence, architecture cannot be understood without open spaces. This is the central concept of the project.
Interior design concept
The intention is for the project to be inspired by classic features in the pre-existing architecture so that a contemporary refurbishment can be implemented, enhancing the values of the original structure. It is inspired by the materials found in the location and uses zero kilometre materials, reclaiming the value of local materials such as travertine, herringbone wooden flooring and stucco.
Classic concepts such as a front perspective emphasised by a concatenation of bays and symmetry in both the façade and interior.
Ordering the composition
The aim was to achieve a well-proportioned and harmonious ordering of spaces and openings. Forms and sizes in harmony with the pre-existing architecture: doors, windows and the structure. Each room was also given the lighting and storage required.