Photography: Jesús Granada (+info).
The villa is a building from 1940, located at the Avenida de Juan Sebastián Elcano, a verdant neighborhood, next to the Pedregalejo beach. The residence is protected by PGOU (Plan General de Ordenación Urbana.) That specific part of Pedregalejo is recognized for its historic role as the upscale neighborhood of Malaga city in the second half of the last century. It is also an example for the first development complex realized for upper class families.
The rehabilitation followed 10 years of abandonment after a fire, and sub-sequential structural damage done by an unsuccessful revitalization prior to our project. This required concrete enforcement and structural rebuilding of the roof. The roofing problems had damaged the internal wood structure, caused by water damage over the years. In addition we discovered that the historic garage and the service area in the back of the plot had severe structural damage.
The goal of the rehabilitation was to reestablish the original character of the house, preserving its original details and enhancing the spatial quality. In order to achieve these goals we preserved and restored the original tiles, flooring, doors and other house detailing … while simultaneously removing the drop ceilings, which opened up new, previously hidden, spaces. We improved the thermic performance of all the structural parts such as the wooden roof, and added in an additional 12 centimeter of thermal insulation, as well as additional insulation in the facade and the flooring. The last crucial step after the integration of the technical parts was to highlight the historical character of the residence.
The project plan also asked for the integration of the owner’s house (the historic grand residence) with seven other buildings, used as guesthouses. These latter are completely independent, located in the back and the boarders of the plot, with access to the garden.