A two-storey building formerly a Dominican convent and then townhouse, the goal of this project by TRAZIA Architects was the restoration and refurbishment of the building for use as a future museum.
A new volume has been added to the main building and in addition to the necessary structural rehabilitation, each wall, floor, ceiling and wall element, was studied and developed independently. The aim was to modify as little as possible of the internal layout, thus focusing on rehabilitation and enhancement of existing.
In particular, hand-painted Art Deco wallpaper heritage was perfectly retained from its original state, a rare occurrence with this type of material. Hydraulic tiles floors in perfect condition were also retained alongside the wallpaper, resulting in great chromatic harmony.
With an attempt at absolute respect to the existing architectural fabric, the architects have applied a new language to new elements that don’t belong to the original building with the introduction of materials such as glass, steel and wood. In this way, visitors can identify original elements from those later added.
The new external volume has been placed where the kitchen formerly was. To create a dialogue between the newly added volume and the existing building, the new façade is finished with solid ceramic brick. As a traditional material, it coexists with the existing barn at the rear of the patio. By combining different brickwork, a play of light and shadow results and an exterior that appears different day and night.
Different types of hardscape, such as baked clay, terrain and stone, generate different backyard spaces. The backyard garden is crossed by a ditch that waters the new spaces in a manner of irrigation used in old Valencian gardens. Orange trees and vines are illuminated by new exterior lighting selected by the architects.