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Austere Retrofit of a Rustic 19th Century Dwelling on the Island of Formentera

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A sensitive renovation by Marià Castelló Martínez architects transforms a traditional rustic building, originally built in the nineteenth century, on the Spanish island of Formentera.

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Only very minor changes had been made to the exterior of the building in all that time.

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The intervention focused on structural strengthening aimed at preserving the character of the original building.

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Parts of the original exterior, which was in very bad shape, were replaced – but using the same traditional construction techniques: this beautiful worn stone masonry and the white lime mortar.

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The exterior tiles were carefully retrieved and reused, and the plaster work redone.

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A very restricted palette of materials characterize the traditional architecture of the region.

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The architects stick to this regime, whitewashed lime plaster and heavy wood joinery and beams.

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A new bedroom is added opening out to a private terrace facing south.

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This terrace opening brings warmth and daylighting in, while sticking with the traditional vernacular of wooden beams contrasted with flat Arabic masonry.

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Only in the new kitchen and two new bathrooms are more modern materials used.

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But these 21st century additions embrace a modern version of the same austere design sensibility as the original.

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Two additional bathrooms were added within the same space, while opening up the interior to create more daylighting within the traditional structure.

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The thickness of the interior walls can be seen in the degree of the recess of the door. There is an almost Quaker purity of line in this austere interior.

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