Caselles Promenade House


  • 2006 Girona Area Architectural Awards - Selected

This house occupies a plot in a housing development called Caselles d’Avall, located in the municipality of Porqueres, on the way from Banyoles to Besalú. It is a small-sized plot, in a very steeply sloped terrain. It is oriented to North-East, where the best views are, from Martís Plain in the foreground, to Torroella’s castle with the sea in the background (in clear days). In winter, Banyoles’ Pond can be seen. The house enclosure is made of perforated metallic dark yellow sheets to protect it from the street views. The building tries to unfold itself in order to cover the entire plot. We began the project drawing lines all over the surface, from the street to the last border of the plot, from one corner to the other, retracing all the contour lines and trying to retain this topography. With the will to know the site, these lines try to reveal its qualities. The first contention walls appear, and between them, the first spaces. We like to recognise in the walls, the foundations and in the future building the lines that began the project and are built now. These lines will define the volume-spaces which will occupy a part of the excavated space, or a part of the air space: facing the back to the street, and closing more private spaces which look to the landscape.

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