Trails running between green hills, a dominant Gothic church over the old stone town, orchards and stables, all ofthese made up the peasant landscape, and which partly still exists today.
It is in this area of Baix Empurdá, in the province of Girona, where the famous writer, Josep Pla – who was bornin Palafrugell – wonderfully described the region.
The project was designed by the studio of Sandra Tarruella Interioristas, and created a vacation home aligned withthe magnificent surroundings in which it is located- in the quiet town of Rupià - and having one of the best viewsof the Baix Empordà. Located in a beautiful setting that it is ideal for cycling activities, golf playing, horsebackriding, enjoying the sea and gastronomy.
The house has kept certain traces of the original construction, a simple house that had been once a stable. Now,with the architectural intervention that includes the demolition of the main walls and the opening of a doubleheight ceiling at the space meant for the living room, the comfortable sensation of its interiors is new andrefreshing, well adapted to the needs and layout of a modern home.
The intervention of the house was a challenge given the state it was in. The aim was to create an ambience inaccordance with the tranquility of the place, the natural light, and making the views the protagonist of the space.The surfaces (walls, ceilings) were either whitewashed (white and sand colored) or covered with a cane from acompany that specializes in natural fibers using artisan techniques. This diagonally interwoven reed ceilingcreates a country ambience in the double height space. It has a rustic flare that it is accentuated with the oak woodfloorings - with its natural knots - on the upper floor.
An ambience with rural reminiscences that extends throughout the house, where the use of natural fabrics, amongother resources, are always present. The dining room (adjacent to the kitchen), has a light oak table and wickerchairs and screens, we found an elongated furniture piece that runs from wall to wall, in the exact place where theanimals’ drinking trough was originally located. The ceiling treatment, with sand-colored whitewashed bricks andbeams, in tone with the walls, completes the series of rustic features and large openings with views towards thegarden.
On the outside, attached to the façade, a raw steel wire pergola was added, where two climbing plants - abougainvillea and a vine – are growing.
At the garden, the common planting choices of the area were respected; olive trees, almond trees and wild plants,and in the lower part of the garden there is a saline treated swimming pool that it is finished in lime plaster andceramic tile, and surrounded by both olive and medlar trees.