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
Date: 2009
Photography: Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

Architects: Enrique Krahe


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Enrique Krahe graduated from ETSA Madrid in 1999. Previously, he had studied in Venice and Paris. Since 2000 he runs his own practice in Madrid and since 2009 in Delft [Netherlands]. Working on his own, his office’s proposals have been awarded in several architectural competitions [Lamp, Hernández Gil, IALD, Europan 8 Cáceres, Europan 9 Trondheim, Europan 10 Emmen, Nominee EU Mies Awards 2009-2011, FAD, AR+d, Enor, Saloni…].
At the same time, he’s developed a continuous editorial activity, started in 2002 co-editor of Oeste Magazine. His critical essays have been published in books and magazines.
He has been granted as researcher by the COAM Cultural Foundation, has conducted workshops in the UIC [Barcelona], NTNU Trondheim [Norway], Iberoamerican University of Puebla [Mexico], TU Delft and has been teaching in the UCJC until he moved to Delft, where he currently collaborates with several universities. His projects have been published in numerous media and have taken part in exhibitions such us VIII BIA, Freshmadrid, XI Mostra Internazionale di Architettura di Venecia or VII BIAU.