This project is a reform project of a farmhouse hosting pension that has been around since the 18th century. The farmhouse is located on a site that is linked to the north part of the famous Camino de Santiago. This area is on the outskirts of the traditional core of Madelos en Sobrado dos Monxes and borders the Concello de Boimorto. The initial building of this farmhouse hosting pension began to be abandoned in the 1970s due to its deteriorating condition. The wooden structure of this building has weathered with some of the stone walls crumbling.
EeG recognizes that the process of abandonment of old buildings as is the case in many rural areas is causing a transformation of the landscape. It is also influenced by social and cultural changes. For this reason, the abandoned building is then reconnected with the surrounding environment by re-establishing the access from the north which is a continuation of the path. This building is then made as a transition, passing through the large space on the ground floor and then connecting it to a clearing in the forest.
Because this is a reformation project, everything that can be preserved from the existing building is preserved. Additions were also made to increase the functionality, such as a room on the ground floor and an increase in height. To produce a reciprocal look throughout the structure, transparencies and traditional materials are used for the restored walls. These new forms are used to produce a passive climate system, through windows that control temperature, deciduous vines for solar control, and pools of water that generates thermal inertia and cross ventilation.
His project is realized through a structural solution that combines traditional systems of portals, plates, joints, and materials. It is also supported on pre-existing structures. The goal is to integrate the old building with its new needs in an environment with the warmth and harmony provided by traditional materials and solutions. The same is true for interiors where strength and exterior light are introduced through transparencies, amplified in areas with reflections created by mirrors. Forming a balance between the synergies of the past with the environment and the construction of the present.