039_The Neighbour's House

Back in March 2006, one of our neighbors asked us to design a house that he and his family were planning to build in Escalona (Toledo), a small the village an hour away from Madrid.

Until then, our contacts had been limited to the typical warm and sporadic relationship that should exist between neighbors, but had never allowed us to go further and learn about his interests and affinities, so that’s why we proposed a visit to the site to get some clues.

The selected site was boxed in by other small buildings and irregular plots without interest, but because of its situation on the edge of the fortified town, one of its limits was defined by the medieval wall that imposed its presence with its almost 8 meters high and 1.5 meters thick. This wall was further protected by The National Heritage Institute as a cultural monument.

After a short walk through the village we discovered, with some concern, that the client was attracted by popular architecture of Toledo-style and Mudejar reminiscences, where the brick, the masonry, the wrought-iron grille and the large cornices with coffered wood appeared as a star elements to be consider, that is to say, they were essential.

We face the challenge before us with the integrity that is required in these cases, and we decided to refer the customer to our website with the intention that, after he had analized our work, he would understand that we were not prepared to make their dreams come true.

What was our surprise when, against all odds and after take a look at some of our proposals already built (far away from their aesthetic preferences) they decided to put themselves in our hands, starting an uncertain journey into the realms of architecture.

After a long  and intense process, ultimately successful for all, here we display the result …

Marcos Parga_PO2 Arquitectos / Year: 2009 / Location: Escalona, Spain / Program: Housing / Type: Comision / Client: Private / Size: 240m2 / Images: Ira Lombardia