In Pechina, a municipality located in the province of Almeria, Spain, the local Motu Arquitectos transformed a ruin into a comfortable house. In addition, the order of the “House in the desert” should take advantage of the floors, carpentry, marbles and cupboards from the demolition of a house by the sea.
”The plot has water from a well. Inhabiting the desert of Almeria has never been easy, but not unpleasant. ”Says the study founded by Berta Wilhelmi Cano and Francisco Vega Álvarez.
A modular solution of simple geometry has been designed that acts as a support and counterpoint to the organic forms of vegetation and everyday objects. The main body was rebuilt with the existing stones in the ruins, thus maintaining thick masonry walls whose high thermal inertia works very well in this extreme desert climate.
In the rest of the work, we chose constructive solutions that could be executed by the small local contractors. A large porch was also added, whose modules can be covered with vines, hurdle or sandwich panel to dampen wind and high temperatures, as well as to generate areas with different types of light, air and warmth. Photos by Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero);