The general idea of the project begins in the existing main building, oriented to the west toward the Atlantic Ocean. We tried to suggest a different conceptual approach to the existing house, exploring new concepts, but simultaneously maintain the identity, language, scale and volume of the original building, improving the relationship between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
To highlight contemporaneity, we proposed the application of a loose outer facade, a new "skin" involving the home, consisting in copper placed vertically and fixed to a steel structure suspended on the existing facades. This "hat" copper fills the existing thick granite walls that persist despite the erosion of time, just like a piece of "puzzle" that fits into the existing, restoring its original volume and scale. Simultaneously, the old and the new merge, yielding a composition whose shapes adapt to the roof of the surrounding houses, producing visual continuity.
Regarding landscaping, sought to recover the existing elements, such as tanks and walls, relocating them and giving them new functions. The pool and fountain designed reveal plenty of piped running water from existing mines in the vicinity. The vegetation recovers the concept orchard (area with various species of fruit trees), micro typical structure of this region’s backyards. In front of the house poplars were used to counter the horizontality of the buildings.