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Two Houses In Oropesa By Paredes Pedrosa Architects
Every now and then I come across a project that seems to be tailor made to appeal to me, this pair of houses being one example. They are located in Oropesa, a small town in central Spain, so that’s already one tick mark on the “Barney will love this” list. Originally a derelict and dilapidated trio, they have been renovated into two houses for a brother and sister. Due to their proximity and connection to historic city walls there were restrictions placed on the design, leading to the architects displaying impressive creativity in response to a challenging brief, that’s another tick mark on my list. Click through the photos below to read more reasons why I hugely admire this project, or just enjoy the gorgeous images…
Look at the way in which the houses awkwardly yet charmingly slot in underneath and through the old walls
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Look at the way in which the houses awkwardly yet charmingly slot in underneath and through the old walls. It's also pleasing how lots of the angles are just off being perpendicular. Photo by Luis Asín
Look at the character and history contained in this wall
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Look at the character and history contained in this wall. Beautiful arches, varying brick tones a strong and massy chimney stack, random areas of stone and concrete, random infills and even a pretty streetlamp. Photo by Luis Asín
The depth and layers are stunning, not to mention the colour palette
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The depth and layers are stunning, not to mention the colour palette. Photo by Luis Asín
Painting the old walls white is an ingenious way to preserve their texture whilst reflecting light down into the courtyard
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Painting the old walls white is an ingenious way to preserve their texture whilst reflecting light down into the courtyard. And the architects have even managed to keep what looks like a well, lovely. Photo by Luis Asín
Pocket windows can sometimes do more for a scenic view than a wide glassy vista
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Pocket windows can sometimes do more for a scenic view than a wide glassy vista. This feature certainly proves that with the sloped window border showing the eye to a hint of the beautiful Nuestra Señora De La Asunción church behind. Photo by Paredes Pedrosa Architects
Internally the joy doesn't let up
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Internally the joy doesn't let up. More charming historic features have been sensitively coupled with contemporary elements. The staircases are so light and slender whilst new geometric additions seamlessly slot into the space. Photo by Paredes Pedrosa Architects
Look at those silvery roof beams, and behold the way the natural light subtly alters the tone of each wall face
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Look at those silvery roof beams, and behold the way the natural light subtly alters the tone of each wall face. Photo by Luis Asín
To finish, a wonderful isometric drawing, which is, inevitably, my favourite drawing type
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To finish, a wonderful isometric drawing, which is, inevitably, my favourite drawing type. Image by Paredes Pedrosa Architects