Renovation of a mill and hayloft for residential use / Functional arquitectura
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- Manufacturers : AutoDesk, Adobe, Team, Hilti
Julio Cesar Moreno Moreno
Text description provided by the architects. In this transformation work, several buildings with different typologies had to be integrated into one building for residential use. As a main strategy, a double-height space of the old grain mill has been used to unite the different parts, placing the main living area in it, taking advantage of the fact that it occupies a central position in the complex. The different original areas were five: a separated part of another house, the mill, some stables, a haystack and a high storey above the mill, and the house as a barn or attic, in the form of a single double-height nave.
The initiators are a couple who intend to use the house occasionally for their retirement. Children need some independence when they go home because they have already formed their own family, for which the house is arranged as the sum of several complete units. One part, the main one, consists of the ground floor with three bedrooms and the main day areas. Two other parts are located on the top floor as two independent apartments, although they are well connected to the rest of the spaces. In addition, a series of open spaces that are flexible habitable have been arranged, such as the old barn or the covered mezzanines. A large double-height hall, occupying part of the old stable and barn, serves as access from the patio and as a semi-outdoor space – to be used as a veranda or as a conservatory with a removable glass fence – for family gatherings connected to the communal living-dining-kitchen on the ground floor.
In front of the main entrance, with a door from the street that connects to the village square, a double-height lobby has been recreated with a staircase as built in the city until the 1950s in homes of the highest quality. For the locksmiths of the stairs, the staircase of the Casa Chitarrini building (1950) by Mario Ridolfi has been taken as a reference, as well as the current Palissade furniture line by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. From that representative entrance space, the ground floor house is necessarily accessed through the kitchen, which is integrated into the series of main rooms of the house in the same space. Spatial hierarchies are undermined so that the barn is a banquet hall and the kitchen welcomes visitors.
Some valuable finishes or decorative elements that were in the part of the old house have been extended to the rest of the rooms, in such a way that they are a recognizable motif that helps to effectively integrate the new set. For example, hydraulic floors or chandeliers have colonized other areas, giving the old productive spaces an ambiguous nobility. For the same purpose, the colors of the original floor have been dispersed in the new floors, ceilings and walls, enhancing the imprint of the already existing one.