Terraces in Sant Esteve d’en Bas
Sant Esteve d’en Bas, Spain
A series of terraces that redefines how two houses in Sant Esteve d’en Bas engage with the exterior and each other.
The group Unparelld’arquitectes has renovated a pair of houses in Sant Esteve d’en Bas, a town in Girona province’s comarca of La Garrocha. The project revolves around a courtyard flanked by the two dwellings, called Can Man and Can Central, and the renovation seeks to reverse the deterioration of their habitability conditions. The former is a holiday home for two families, each one occupying a different floor. And it has two bays: one corresponding to the original house and the other to the courtyard, an area which has filled up progressively. In the latter, the space freed up between both houses is in part shaped by three terrace levels, which face southwest at one end and are set back from the facade on the other, forming a void that serves as an entrance.
The system of terrace-patios ensures natural lighting and cross ventilation of the interiors, for Can Man as well, and a folding enclosure makes it a veranda or a gallery, depending on the time of year, creating a new center of gravity for the homes. The higher terrace is shared and presents two separate entrances. The interior of Can Central is organized around three bands: a longitudinal space parallel to the terrace, accompanied by something like an altarpiece with its succession of niches, a perforated wall accommodating furniture and services zones, and behind this, a longitudinal staircase leading to the top floor.