Single Family House / House-Studio in Llamapies


House-Studio in Llamapies


Llampaies, Girona,España

For some time I helped my brother José Manuel, a fashion photographer, to look for a site in which to build his residence and workplace. We finally found it in Llampaies, a village of the alto Ampurdà region.

It consisted of a threshing circle shaped enclosure containing a derelict square hayloft built of stone facing the sun at noon.

The first decision was to keep and rebuild the old construction, and to elaborate the project from the fragmentation, in a way similar to vernacular architecture. The old building, almost five meters high, would receive a new-pitched roof hidden within its walls, becoming the living room of the house. Next to it, and slightly rotated, a new cubic volume houses the night areas. A lower volume which connects the other two houses the entries, acting as hallway and dinner, with the kitchen at the back.. Its roof surrounded by the walls of the other two buildings can be used as solarium.

The large blind box used as photographic studio emerges at the back of the site, taking advantage of a three-meter drop in level to shelter the cluster. This space, whose dimensions were determined by my brother, is structured from its roof section, allowing an almost central position of the light catchment  area as well as maximum height and depth of field at the back of the grey finished studio. At the opposite end a clerestory window facing West will flood the studio with warm sunset light. A series of cable driven shades will provide control of the natural daylight.

A small wooden volume used as guesthouse rises at the southern end of the patio garden, in front of the other buildings. It receives light through a sliding window overlooking the veranda and a small “crack” in the roof over the bathroom.

Finally, the meaning of the architectural intervention lies in the external treatment; the old fence around the site gets covered with ivy and two small groups of trees, seven facing east and seven facing west, contribute to provide a sense of magic like the one seen in the old photograph of this place which was often used as setting for the town holiday.

The materials used, fiber/cement panels, concrete beams, steel sections, lime based renders, brickwork, block work, wooden panels, or in situ concrete floors, will retain their original texture. The technical installations are not embedded in the walls, instead they run between the inner load bearing walls ant the outer sheathing, Heating is radiant type, using the concrete floor as heat storage.

Some mobile elements such as sliding windows/doors, counterweighted sashes or louvers activated by compressed air pistons, will help to relate the interior to the exterior forming an intermediate space like a porch or terrace. During the construction process we abandoned certain original proposals aiming for maximum economy, eliminating certain items that were not strictly necessary. The result was a total cost below 60.000 pts/m2.

For the studio this project a greater attraction since in this case, something which architects practice with a healthy intent which is to confuse the client, has allowed us to recognise even better the nature of the inhabitant of these spaces.


Carlos Ferrater


Joan Guibernau


Lluís Casals


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Book Chapters

DOS CASAS PARA UN FOTÓGRAFO.  2013. Trabajo final de Máster Proyecto Integrado de Arquitectura de la alumna Thais Kauffmann Russo de la Universidad de La Salle.

DIECI ANNI DI ARCHITETTUR SPAGNOLA 1987-1996. 1999. Editorial Electa Milán. p. 250-251;

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CUADERNO DE LA PEQUEÑA DIMENSIÓN. 1993. Carlos Ferrater. Construir el Lugar. p. 60-61;

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PREMIS FAD 1958-2008. 50 ANYS D’ARQUITECTURA I INTERIORISME A LA PENÍNSULA IBÈRICA. 2010. Finalista Premis FAD d’Espais Exteriors 1993. p. 346;

IX BIENAL DE ARQUITECTURA DE VENECIA. 2004. Pabellón de España. Corredor de fondo. p. 186-189;
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III BIENAL DE ARQUITECTURA ESPAÑOLA 1993-1994. 1994. p. 96-98;

BIENAL DE ARQUITECTURA Y URBANISMO DE ZARAGOZA. 1993. Experimenta Edición I. Cuaderno de la pequeña dimensión. Electa. p. 222;

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B y N DOMINICAL. Nº45. Sep, 2001. Escala humana – Espacios íntimos de Carlos Ferrater. (09.09.2001). p. 84-85;

SPACE. Nº387. 2000. Korea. p. 50-71;

AV. Nº79-80. 2000. Monografías España los 90. p. 63;


NOTICRETO. Nº49. 1998. Colombia. p. 25;

CASA VIVA. Nº16. 1998. p. 80-87;

A+U. Nº318. 1997.


SUMA +. Nº14. Ago, 1995. Buenos Aires. p. 34-43;

EL HIBRIDO. Nº3. 1996. Zaragoza. p. 37-45;

DETAIL. Nº J2772F. 1996. Naturstein. Munich. p. 46-48;

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ARCHITECTURE. Sep, 1996. París. p. 171;

SUMA +. Nº14. 1995. Geometrías en la Costa Brava. p. 34-43;

ABITARE. Nº343. 1995. Fondale Domestico Carlos Ferrater a Llampaies. p. 124-131;

KONSTRUKTIEF. Nº2. 1995. Minimalisme p. 32-38;

ARQUITECTOS. Nº13. 1994. Madrid. p. 132;

L’INFORMATIU. Nº55. 1994. Gerona. p. 15-19;

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EL CROQUIS. Nº70. 1994. Madrid. p. 118-127;

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GI-623, 17465, Girona, Espanya