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An Architect-Remodeled Stone Barn on Formentera

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Spain’s Marià Castelló Martínez designed this contemporary update that reuses an ancient stone dwelling located on the Spanish island of Formentera.

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The Can Manuel d’en Corda project involved extending and making additions to a traditional building of handcrafted stonework in Vénda des Cap de Barbaria, in the west of the island.

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The original building was a simple framed barn shape, but the trusses had rotted.

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Keeping the old stone walls, the trusses were replaced, strengthening the building.

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The hard square edges of the new addition provide an uncompromising foil to the soft stone of the original building.

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The new exteriors are painted white, which is an ancient cooling technique used in the region.

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Efficient and crisp new wooden framed windows were inserted deliberately and carefully into the old spaces.

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In the modern additions, concrete is used throughout, but painted white. Only the ceilings retain the natural look of the concrete.

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The floors are highly polished and refined – a sharp contrast with the rough industrial texture of the concrete ceiling.

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In the bathrooms, this rough grey concrete provides the perfect foil for the warm tones of the wood, and the highly polished pure line of the bathroom fixture.

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This contemporary bathroom, with the clean lines of its polished concrete poured-in-place sink, offers a glimpse through to the view of sky beyond the bath area.

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Inspired by the original rafters that had framed an open roof that had long rotted away, much more structurally sound steel beams have been painted white for a clean contrast to the eternal blue skies of the island.

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These steel rafters are practically indestructible.

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A stair makes an access to the wide expansive view offered from the roof, as well as a cool place to sleep on hot summer nights, an age-old tradition.

It’s an uncompromising renovation, but one in which the old ways have been honored.

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4 Comments so far to “An Architect-Remodeled Stone Barn on Formentera”
  1. Says:

    Very good arcitectural design

  2. Jamie Herzlinger Says:

    That house is stunning! The photography is great too! thanks for sharing!

    Love, Jamie Herzlinger

  3. anishka Says:

    these is very beautiful picture, i like interior designing and these picture help me.

  4. Cozydays Says:

    This home is what I truly call an architectural masterpiece. Love the architectural elements used and the materials used.

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