Would it be Summer or Winter, we all do love discovering interesting and beautiful places to stay during our holidays (or to choose our next holiday destination based on the beautiful design place found), right?
Let’s dive into Summer and discover this beautiful rural guesthouse in Spain named “La Hermandad de Villalba” and designed by architects Cristina Domínguez Lucas and Fernando Hernández-Gil. It is located in Villalba de los Barros, in the region known as Tierra de Barros, south of Extremadura.
As we enter through the big doors, we discover that this guesthouse in Spain has a traditional setting: three load-bearing wall bays and an Extremadura vault on the ground floor. It opens onto the entrance square on one side and onto a small yard on the other. At this level all the social areas can be found: hallway, living room, kitchen, dining room, and yard.
Designers respected the old original architecture, dated 1800s. The project underlines every single original strength lost over time. Simultaneously, it adapts and adds the new use and its requirements seen from a contemporary perspective.
In terms of material, raw lime mortar has been used on walls while limewash has been used on vaults.
By the way, this color palette below – muted mint, brick red and off-yellow or orange is expected to be used more in interiors in 2020. It can be a perfect balance for those who don’t like bold colors but still want to have a more dynamic and interesting interior.
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This rural guesthouse has 3/4 bedrooms and three bathrooms, hallway, living room, kitchen, dining room, yard, and cellar. Bedrooms have been taken to the upper floor, an old sobrao which was used as a warehouse and to dry cure meat from slaughter. The second floor has been almost entirely reorganized, but the aim was to keep the atmosphere and unique character of the house in terms of scale, finishes, and furniture.
The carpentry work also stands out, both for the careful restoration of richly decorated original elements and for the work regarding new doors, windows, friars and their fittings.
The baked clay floor had been lost but we approached local potters who made new pieces by hand. Similar in texture and vibration to the old floor, only the diagonal and irregular layout of drawings (in specular reference of ceilings) makes possible the distinction of this floor as a contemporary one.
This brick is also used at the yard to the edge of the small pool that has been built to cool hot summer days.
Designers equipped the rural guesthouse in Spain with modern facilities to ensure comfort. Special care has been taken both in the use of materials and air conditioning systems an in their sustainability, following the logic that the vernacular architecture itself represents.
If you are a color lover like me, I recommend downloading my curated free color cards which you can use for any kind of inspiration. They have no words, no text, only beautiful photographs taken during Milan Design Week 2019, with its own color palette. You can get it here:
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Interior design: Kresta Design, Estudio Lucas y Hernández-Gil
Photographer: José Hevia