Development starting and ending: 03/2016 – 06/2017
Location: Camí de la Doma, 3 – 17811 Santa Pau (Girona)
Architect: Arnau Vergés Tejero – Arnau estudi d’arquitectura
Collaborators: Jordi Cusidó Carrera, Anna Riera Pijoan
Images: Marc Torra, Pep Sau
Development Engineer: Josep Maria Codinach
Constructor: Cros Encofrats, SL – Promocions Grederes, SL
An outdated pink Massey Ferguson like Grandpa Joan’s nonetheless works the land. On this fast-paced world, there are nonetheless historical landscapes the place the fumes of the neighboring homes are necessary and accompany you in winter; corners of happiness the place orchards exterior the partitions and on the banks of the river are properly stored. That is the story of a household refuge the place one can get pleasure from nature and easy issues; of a time machine that wishes to maintain this valuable panorama eternally unchanged.
On this mission, a meadow was constructed as an adaptation to the topography of the terrain. Parts, such because the storage, the water basin, the walkway, or the sloping wall within the background that follows and cuts the steep slope, kind a flat floor.
And on its high, there rests an autonomous rectangular quantity that homes the minimal capabilities of a dwelling in a single open-plan house; to the south, there’s a residing, eating, and resting room; and inside the thick wall that isolates us from the north, there are bogs and the doorway.
This architectural object transforms its relationship with the atmosphere because the seasons change within the riverbank vegetation filter that accompanies it, but in addition from the various expression of its gaze, which enjoys the panorama protected against the solar when it raises its eyelids. And, frightened of the brevity of this sober magnificence, the refuge rests unstable on a hillside ledge like an owl able to take flight with the panorama caught on its retina.
RETINA HOUSE, a room over a meadow
Casa Retina may be interpreted in numerous methods relying on the reference system adopted. We will perceive it as an autonomous aspect with an intimate and managed relationship with the rapid atmosphere, both by way of its altering gaze or by way of its impartial and bare inside areas, directed to the panorama and ready to obtain all of the complexity of the inside life.
Nevertheless, this home will also be understood as one other piece of the human puzzle that hosts it, as one other room on this giant home that types the surface partitions of the medieval city. These areas of humanized nature characterize the transitional strip between the outdated city and the forest.
An area that’s typically extra home than city environments themselves, which a priori are made and considered by an individual, however which on the similar time are as hostile as wild nature or much more hostile than it may be.
This atmosphere connects us with nature in a progressive manner: homes scattered additional and additional away from one another, vegetable gardens and orchards that give off the love of their house owners and provides us life, the neighboring farm the place cows graze and ruminate… The river and the makeshift passage… The close by panorama during which the home will get the refuge it has been searching for and which converts it into an area of intimacy and luxury.
With the identical respect of the person that has reworked the character of this place, step one of the mission is the domestication of the land creating an allotment. From right here on, Retina Home is a room above a meadow that rests, contemplates, dialogues, or closes its eyes and desires.