Cadaval & Solà-Morales in the Catalan Pyrenees

Cadaval & Solà-Morales writes:

The project elaborates on the physical connections between these two homes coexisting in a single rehabilitated envelope. The programmatic scheme and the interrelations of spaces of both houses are tided up to these vertical connections. What qualifies those spaces, however, is unique in each unit. The roof on the top unit is build up to be a sculptural yet neutral continuous element that resolves space, lighting, and views. A human scale continuous linear window faces amazing views over the valley, while an identical window located on the top of the roof, enables to view the summit of the mountain. In the lower unit, a wide and off-scale opening will focus light, views, and therefore activity on an interior-exterior space.

The project is sympathetic of vernacular architecture by respecting not only the envelope, but also its construction and operational logics and its esthetics. By preserving the envelope and doing a minimal yet contrasted intervention, the idea is to reinforce the historical values of vernacular architecture. Moreover, the project is design to be sustainable. New technologies and old vernacular knowledge are implemented to make the Pyrenees houses two sustainable houses in an extreme climate.


Sahale spans from Baltimore to Seattle

We’ve called this side of Baltimore home, as we have Seattle and I am reminded today of a beautiful pedestrian bridge in Patapsco State Park, one we happened upon during a visit back in 2007. We are like the banks of this river, connected by a bridge in Maryland, designed and engineered by these fine bridge builders in Seattle, Sahale, to places that hold parts of our personal history, sometimes far apart, or down the street. Sometimes ordinary, extraordinary, or in the same places over and over again only to discover new depth and meaning, perspective.