Dilapidation Transformation: CL House by ADI Arquitectura

This small house (called CL House) from Cervera del Maestre, Spain has undergone a restoration that’s transformed it from a dilapidated building to a functional home. The repair and redesign was carried out under the guidance of Spanish architecture firm, ADI Arquitectura.


CL House by ADI Arquitectura - Humble Homes

The stone walls are visible both from the outside and the inside, although some interior walls have been rendered over to create a much lighter interior. The architects wanted to keep the traditional feel and kept original window openings. This had led to an interior which receives poor lighting in some areas. In an attempt to combat the poor light conditions, a modern “open” staircase has been incorporated in the home. The staircase allows the light to penetrate deeper into the living areas.


CL House by ADI Arquitectura - Humble Homes

The house has four floors. The ground floor acts as an entrance and leads up to the main living area, kitchen and dining space. On the third level of the home you’ll find the bedroom and a small but functional bathroom (minus the bath). The final floor appears to act as an additional lounge area. The interior is finished simply throughout with emphasis on natural materials; stone, tile, and metal.


CL House by ADI Arquitectura - Humble Homes

From the architects: “The project consists of rehabilitating a dilapidated house for an occasional home in a Maestrazgo village. Given its location in a corner, very visible from three streets, we intended to respect the materials, proportions and the arrangement of openings of traditional architecture.”

CL House by ADI Arquitectura - Humble Homes

“The balcony which runs between two floors [provides] views between neighboring roofs. Inside, the staircase, always present, is the element that brings the plans together, so it was laid out very openly, combining steps and rail with the same structural resource.”

CL House by ADI Arquitectura - Humble Homes

For more small houses check out the Tower House by Benjamin Waechter Architects – a modern home built on a small plot. Or this Japanese house from Hakuba in Japan that acts as a year-round ski home. See all small houses.

Via ArchDaily
Photos: ADI Arquitectura

Niall Burke

Structural engineer by day, tiny house designer by night. Niall has a keen interest in small spaces, green design, and sustainability. He started developing Humble Homes while studying for his masters degree in engineering. He is the founder and managing editor of Humble Homes.


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