This 18th Century “cortijo” can be framed in a narrative of rural architecture typical to the province of Malaga, Spain, and more specifically to the mountains of Ronda. Far from the pomp and recreational character of the luxurious “haciendas” in Seville, this clearly agricultural typology shows sobriety and pragmatism in the way it sits on the topography of this region of Andalusia. The practical needs of a middle-sized rural plantation are materialized in sober white volumes composed of thick bearing walls, randomly pierced by irregular openings in the quantity and proportions necessary to every local condition.
This proposal for an extension focuses on framing the new intervention within this same narrative of popular and anonymous architecture, while transforming the complex into a five-star standard including every requirement and detail necessary for guests to fully experience this family-centered atmosphere. Both the refurbished existing spaces and the newly built uses are arranged around a set of courtyards that make the history of the place tangible, while they give the building a domestic and participative scale. The new common uses are intended to promote excellence in every service, while the guest rooms are imagined for typological innovation, enabling flexibility of distribution in order to optimize the complex’s resources.
Team: Jaime Daroca, José Mayoral and José Ramón Sierra (partners) with Sebastián Peñas.
Technical architecture: Roberto Alés.
Renderings: Juan Ramón Samaniego.
Area: 3.761 m2.
Status: Restricted competition entry.