House Between Old Mudwalls
Studio: Estudio Jesús Donaire
Authors: Jesús Donaire. Collaborators: Jesús Lazcano, Bartolomé Gómez, Juan Laborda, Diego Martínez, Daniel mira, Alberto Luengo
Location: Ciudad Real, Spain
Video: Estudio Jesús Donaire. Fotografías: Adrian Tyler, Javier Callejas
Is located on a site which had formerly been used as warehouse for farm implements
for over 70 years. The existing mudwalls are a part of the visual memory of the
inhabitants of Malagón, so the project is a new construction aiming to recognize and
appreciate the old building walls.
The new construction is a simple armed concrete structure of pillars and a slab which
houses a rather intimate area comprising bedrooms and service spaces, and a more
open space for the main living areas, which open up to the main patio in which the
swimming pool is located.
The materials used for the construction of this house are concrete, architectural glass,
ceramic and the original mudwall. Concrete provides structure and order into space.
Glass provides transparency and spatial continuity. The mudwall is the final visual
enclosing of the contained space, opening up to the sky. Ceramics take on a double
function: on the one hand it is the bricks enclosing the most private areas of the house;
on the other, it establishes a dialog with the existing materials. The voids and openings
in the bedroom spaces are completed on a surface level with a ceramic lattice, which
establishes a material continuity by taking the ceramic reflections to the outside of the
The rest of the construction is consolidated in an open patio area, which recuperates
de original stonework pavement of the old warehouse and into which a new swimming
pool has been excavated and finished in white-colored stoneware.
If we ask ourself for the meaning of Personal Place, the main answer would be the self
house, because is the space related to our confort and intimate, and the place where
we feel comfortable, surrounded by the closest people.
The category chosen has been Personal Places, since the House Between Old
Mudwalls is visually enclosed within the space that the old mudwalls define. The new
construction houses a rather intimate area comprising bedrooms and service spaces,
and a more open space for the main living areas, which open up to the main patio in
which the swimming pool is located. It is a personal space, in which the visual
connection between the different spaces makes the relation between them more
The house is considered as a personal place, in which the basic unity is not the
individual but the family, even the close friends, who meet around the exterior patio,
either inside or outside of the house. The spaces of the house are disposed in function
of it privacy level, so that there are personal spaces with the scale of the individual, and
there are also personal spaces with the scale of the familiar group.