Lizarraga Country House in Izagaondoa (single family home)

Traditional country house in a valley whose economy is agricultural, used as a hay barn in recent decades by its previous owners, in a condition of major disrepair and alteration. However, the spatial power of juxtaposed spaces in vertical sequence represents a pre-existence that together with the material presence of the stone masonry and the large span for grain access (previously boarded up) are the driving engines of this comprehensive contemporary regeneration project that aims to adapt the building to a new use as a home.

The programme is set up in a semi-underground ground floor for txoko (space for gastronomic events) at ground level with a private plot for recreation; a first floor for the functional units of daytime (kitchen, living room and toilet) plus master bedroom and guest room; a second floor approached as a functional unit for night-time or rest with a planned 3 bedrooms, bathroom and study area / library.

The work focuses on maximum respect for the pre-existing architectural values , empowering them with the provision of a double height that links the two upper levels connected to the large hollow surrounded by south-facing stalls. The work is completed with the incorporation of a staircase that is particularly exceptional in the spaces and the generation of a covered space that seeks to maintain its integrated vision from the different points of the house. The use of traditional materials such as stone and wood, combined with the modernity of steel and glass used in the structure and divisions and facades respectively, provide the palette of materials responsible for implementing the regeneration.

situation:lizarraga de izagaondoa
surface:282 m²
enrique martínez
(implementation mgmt)
contractor:various subcontractors
dates:2004 – 2008