Gallery Dwelling in Gran Through, Granada / Annona + Ana Frias
Textual content description offered by the architects. The necessities for the undertaking and its genesis had been the transformation of a Twenties condominium, which belongs to a constructing signed by the architect Francisco Prieto Moreno, right into a short-term residence for a pair whose everlasting home is between London and Singapore. In addition they wanted the condominium to be an exhibition area for his or her artwork assortment.
The inside, though it has been reworked, preserves many unique options and components of the modernist structure that defines the structure in Granada’s Gran Through: convoluted carpentries, ceiling moldings, nice heights, and mosaic flooring. From the start, the undertaking goals to mix the need of sustaining the weather and typological traits in addition to the variation to a selected way of life, far-off from the home calls for at the start of the century.
We confronted two completely different design workouts. The primary one originated from the demand to find the brand new moist rooms and repair areas with out dividing the massive areas wanted for the exhibition. On the similar time, these non-public areas, required when the flat returns to a house, shouldn’t compromise the unique options and the typological and spatial construction we valued at the start.
The brand new volumes for the service areas shouldn’t interject the area studying, which is on the similar time a historic and exhibition area. Due to this fact, it’s determined that the brand new volumes will not contact the ceiling the place the unique divisions can nonetheless be observed. This emphasizes the thought of a container, not solely of artwork however of historical past (and tales). The fabric nature of those volumes shouldn’t compete with the craftwork valued for its rarity, the Nolla mosaic.
The second train got here from the substitute, through the years, of huge areas of the unique Nolla mosaic for poorer flooring.
We determined to face each conditions from the identical premise and method them as a complete to develop a single software and obtain an answer the place the undertaking was readable and coherent. In consequence, the place Nolla mosaic flooring existed, they had been restored. The place the unique flooring is misplaced, it ought to be determined how you can substitute it.
After assessing the chances, a choice anticipated to have repercussions past the undertaking was reached. We started to work along with Salvador Escrivá, Nolla mosaic supervisor, to start out a large-scale manufacturing of mosaic items utilizing a standard method on an industrial scale. Manufacturing new molds, utilizing atomized soils among the many colours and pigments used throughout the early twentieth century. We used this new manufacturing capability to restore the misplaced patches with huge monochromatic areas, fixing not solely the broken flooring but additionally the brand new service rooms all in all.
The fabric is historic; its use is up to date, creating new full volumes. The result’s a sequence of areas the place two methods of residing face one another, two makes use of of historic ceramic materials, reflecting the passage of 100 years and our proposal to stay and exhibit.