The Casa Rosario reconstruction project begins on the way between Hamburg and Cádiz, the authors’ workplace in 2014. Two colleagues from the Seville school of architecture who are commissioned to rehabilitate an old family house in Arahal, a small rural town in the province of Seville.
The houses in the village are built on plots with little width and a large depth, resulting from the optimization over time of the buildable area, a promontory above the countryside.
The resulting houses are popularly known as “tube houses” due to their geometric configuration, in this case (5x28m). The project reflects on this type of building, proposing the house as a sequence of interior, exterior, intermediate spaces, all common to traditional Andalusian construction: “zaguán”, rooms, patio with a “montera”, kitchen, corral…
After the intervention, the house retains its volume and the rooms prevail on a ground floor with lightened walls and steps with folding windows that allow a concrete or diffuse use of the space. – Flexible-.
The arches carved with “rough” baked clay brick remain, the niches drilled in the dividing walls that served as a pantries, roof tiles, hydraulic tiles, color, textures and the lime plaster from the neighboring quarry of Morón.
The marked personality of the original house is respected with a quiet intervention that reveals what the house always was, following the wishes of the owner, Concha, whose support and dedication was vital throughout the project.