A CHIMNEY WITH A HOUSE
by Enrique Krahe
In the renovation of this ancient forge located in the medieval center of the village, the hearth as a space around the fire drives the decision-making process, and provides conceptual structure to the renovation.
The existing chimney has been resized, in such way that it embraces the kitchen, completely carved out of a single piece of Alentejo marble. The same material clads the chimney, that also works as disguised skylight, providing light and ventilation to the upper floor, given that the opening of roof windows is forbidden.
The original front door (now displayed inside) still retains the scars of the cattle branding irons that were tested on it abetter being produced in the forge, a theme that has been retaken and extended to the façade. Other original elements, such as the gothic arch between the kitchen and living room, the stone steps, or the rubble walls, have been integrated in order to enhance their singularity within the outcome.
Architects: Enrique Krahe
Collaborators: Aranzazu Montero, Joaquín Longhi
Contractor: Juan Taborda
Location: Alburquerque, Badajoz, Spain
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)
C/ Méjico 15, 3º C
28028 Madrid, SPAIN
2611 HV. Delft, NEDERLAND