farmhouse of San José, built in the mid-nineteenth century, was a vast farm
where a large number of day laborers worked. The house had wineries and a
cellar, an oil mill and a large seedbed for the cultivation of the silkworm.
Attached to the farmhouse, the different economic dependencies appeared, like
the disappeared lateral pavilions, of which only the south walls located on the
ground floor and the hermitage remain.
contest proposes refurbishing this farmhouse to become the seat of the City Hall,
while reconstructing the east and west wings that once occupied the site,
as well as the design of the
front and rear gardens.
The project arises
from the desire to preserve the outline of the original building, reconstructing
the volume that occupied the historical set and to emphasize the characteristic
elements of the ‘Masia’. Proposing an intervention with the least possible
impact on its constructive system and its spatial configuration are the
criteria that guides us through the whole intervention.
administrative program that has to house the new City Council is mainly assumed
by the lateral wings and the farmhouse becomes the central element that articulates
the two lateral bodies, thus becoming a center of activity. The layout of the
spaces of the ‘Masía’ are extended towards the lateral buildings in which the
same grid configuration, the three bays layout, appear.
wings that completed the Masía reappear in the proposal and a singular element,
a skylight, is introduced on the roof in response to current needs. This
skylight allows to illuminate, ventilate, heat, cool down and produce the energy
that the building consumes. The skylight functions as a passive ventilation
mechanism and introduces natural light that from the very top organises the rest of the space.