Architects Harald Schönegger and Inmaculada González sought to restore one such historical block as a home for themselves and their two adult children. In order to create some much needed open space, they built the home around an interior
An aged steel spiral
In an effort to reclaim as much greenery as possible, previously lost amongst the city environment, trees and vines are included on every level, planted in the courtyard, crawling across the courtyard wall, and spread across the rooftop garden. The architects specifically chose deciduous trees, bringing a permanent sense of oneness with the environment to the house as the plants change with the seasons. Preserved timber beams and a rustic shuttered window in one kitchen are the only interior hints at the home’s previously traditional architectural style.
Paved with intentional unevenness, the stone courtyard contrasts the sleek, stainless steel and glass facades that enclose it. Facing the street, the architects maintained a traditional white rendered façade so as not to clash with their surroundings. It’s as though the contemporary oasis within is their little secret.