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House in Güemes ,Conversion of stable into house, by Zooco Estudio

This project consisted of the renovation and extension of a former stable located in Güemes —a small town to the east of Santander, Spain— to be converted into a seasonal home. The existing building faithfully reproduces the local, simple and unpretentious building system, consisting of stone walls supporting a wooden-structure gable roof with tiles.

Designed by Zooco Estudio

The nature of this architectural intervention is based on absolute respect towards that which already exists; respect not only towards the traditional materials used but also towards the type of space created in the interior. That is why the main spaces of the house are developed as a single unit in the large central space comprising the former stable. The sequence of uses composed of Kitchen / Dining room / Fireplace / Living room / Office / Bookshelves is developed in a linear pattern, under one same roof, characterised exclusively by the elements specific to each use, while always within the same neutral and global setting. Only the master bedroom, concealed behind a bookshelf, is separate to the general space. A second bedroom, which can be accessed by using the exterior stairs in the original passageway at the entrance to the building, is located above the main one, to complete the height of the annexed building.