The Orue Albizuri house, in Gautegiz-Arteaga, lays down on the structure of an ancien basque country house. It was in the XIXth century that it became a manor house, and at the beginning of the XXth century it was completely renovated and redecorated in the way we can still observe now. Some extensions have been added to the house later, but it still keeps its noble character, both in and outside. However, the structure system is very simple, with stone walls along the perimeter, and wooden columns, beams and slabs in the interior; configurating a distribution of different rooms around a central gallery in each level.
The project aimed at recovering the house, after some years of abandonment, as a holiday house, modifying the least its partitions, renovating installations and improving the accessibility for handicap people, all without losing the charming atmosphere of the property.
It was decided to carry out the rehabilitation work in phases. During the first phase, the demolition of partitions and false ceilings was carried out in order to evaluate the structural condition of the building. Subsequently the structural rehabilitation of the whole was carried out, including the replacement of the cover, and finally the interior design phase was carried out with the adaptation of all the installations to the new distribution and the recovery of the original decorative elements. The hydraulic tile floor of the galleries and the stamped paper of the halls and the library have been customized for this project.
In parallel, the renovation of the pool and outdoor spaces was also completed.
Typology: manor house reform and refurbishment
Location: Gautegiz Arteaga, Bizkaia
Area: 731 sqm built space
Chronology: 2012, preliminary / 2013, demolitions / 2014, design / 2015-2016, construction
Building engineer: Juan Carlos Villagrasa, Tec-Quattre
Collaborators: Kataë, thermal installations
Building contractor: Reformas Nafarroa, Egoin, Ekidom
Furniture: Gakoak interiores
Photography: Saizverdoux, Etxelaia
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