Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain

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Inferniño: tourist apartments in Santiago de Compostela

Emiliano López, Mónica Rivera, arquitectos

FAD Awards finalist 2018  Interior Design
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The Jury’s appraisal:Preserving the atmosphere of a home, recovering the elements of traditional architecture, combating corrosion caused by humidity and the passage of time, and doing all this with the utmost care: this is the challenge that faced the architects, and they have resolved it with great elegance and austerity of means.

These six tourist apartments are the result of the painstaking refurbishment of a house dating from the year 1666, situated on a street formerly called Inferniño de Arriba (today avenida de Raxoi) next to the Plaza del Obradoiro, in Santiago de Compostela.

The action was highly respectful of the building’s listed elements as well as of others that were not but were considered to be of equal or greater value. The listed stairs were restored, and the new ones have been built with the same technique and the same language. The upper gallery giving on to the street and that of the back façade were rebuilt with cedar wood joinery according to the same detail drawings as the original ones.

The works also retained all the existing chestnut wood floors, which entailed preserving the load-bearing beams given the impossibility of detaching the structure from the floor. Some of these chestnut wood beams, in good condition but worn down over time, have been underpinned at mid-point to minimise deflection. The existing ceilings and partitions were replaced with new ones made from pine strips and lime mortar, the same technique as the one used in the past. The intervention on the existing building is complemented with a painstakingly laid granite floor that redefines the meeting point of the back gallery with the garden. As occurs in most of Santiago’s historic centre, the house opens its back façade on to a garden with two huge camellias. A pavilion in glass and cross-laminated Galician pine wood has been erected in the garden, which contains an apartment of special characteristics. A great granite basin filled with water heated through vacuum tubes situated on the pavilion roof completes the garden as a communal space for the enjoyment of the guests.

The production of energy for the ensemble is by means of a biomass boiler situated in the basement of the house, loaded directly from the street.

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Localización Location: Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña, Spain. Autores Authors: Emiliano López, Mónica Rivera, arquitectos. Aparejador Quantity surveyor: V. Romero. Colaboradores Collaborators: Mària Canel, Javier Redondo, Cristina Ros, Laura Coladas, Joan Massagué, Agustín Cepeda, Jeanne de Bussac, Mar Esteve, Yeray Sarmiento. Estructuras Structures: BIS structures. Madera contralaminada Cross-laminated wood: Egoin. Instalaciones Facilities: CVit Enginyers. Promotor Developer: Inferniño, S.L. Constructora General Contractor: Obradoiro de xestión inmobiliaria, S.L. Superficie construida Built area: 431m². Fecha de finalización de la obra Completion date of the works: 2017. Fotografía Photography: José Hevia.
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Ingeniería y construcción de madera: Egoin

Constructora: Obradoiro de Xestión Inmobiliaria Tel. 981597742

Ebanistería y carpintería de madera: Carpintería Laiño
Mónica Rivera
Emiliano López
José Hevia