El Molinot, 2022 (ongoing)
Renovation of a rural house in Riudaura, Girona.

The house had been reduced to an empty shell; only four walls and a roof remain from its original state. The original load-bearing stone walls had disappeared, replaced instead by a new steel-frame structure and brick wall to support the newly renovated roof. The juxtaposition of these seemingly opposing construction systems is unexpected from a modern perspective. However, they blend seamlessly with the other exposed materials, accidentally shaping the character of the space.

The perimeter walls still bear the scars of past uses: on the ground floor, where animals were housed, there are barely any finishes, while the upper floor, which housed the rooms and more private spaces, exhibit remnants of a more domestic character. Brick add-ons, plasterboard leftovers, concrete roof reinforcements, and apparently old timber beams can be identified as areas of intervention from the previous refurbishment in 2007, overlaying the existing house. But what truly constitutes the ‘existing ‘ anymore? Is it relevant to differentiate between the original and the new if the house has been drastically modified? Rather to establish a criteria for determining what must stay and what must go, the understanding of the house ‘as found’ might become a new language worth to explore, a new strategy following a process already started.