Nowadays, the neighborhood is a reference in the city. Its main value lies in the diversity of uses it receives (residential, cultural, hospitality, small local commerce etc …) This differentiates it from other areas of the Historic City, in many cases with a small resident population and saturated with local restaurants and a specialized trade in fast consumption focused solely on tourism.
The clients looked for a property that would allow them to combine the hospitality activity with a function of social and cultural revitalization; therefore, the building, wide and of singular character, was ideal.
“A casa do taberneiro” wants to be a testimony of the tradition, the culture and the life of the place. From the private initiative pretends to join initiatives of the neighborhood offering, beyond the programmed activities that ensure the continuity of the center, an open space, available to neighbors and visitors that serves to encourage meeting and exchange of ideas in an informal manner. On the ground floor the historical character and the function of the neighborhood tavern are recovered with an offer based on the local product.
To solve the program (socio-cultural center and tavern) the layout of the different interior floor levels is taken advantage of, which is a consequence of the difference between the vertical of the two streets from which the property is accessed and are defined by the position of the different elements of stonework that are part of the muraría construction (Lareiras, sinks and sills of doors and windows balconies).
On the ground floor, the tavern has an outdoor lobby, a small kitchen and two toilets. In the mezzanine, in the exterior access from the rua do Medio there is a small warehouse and a wide hall that incorporates a bench in L. On this area, in the undercover space a reading space is enabled. The first floor is proposed as a multipurpose room (exhibitions, conferences etc.) and the undercover space on it is reserved for children’s activities such as storytelling and concerts with a minimum capacity.
The renovation contributes to a rereading of the building consistent with the spatial richness that this displacement of the floor heights implies and with the uniqueness of the different heritage elements. The adaptation of the dimensions of the proposal to allow the recovery, visibility and putting into use of these elements facilitates the understanding of its function and need.
Two skylights on the roof and the holes in the slabs, in their vertical projection, considerably improve the natural lighting in all the floors and help to show and signify the two superimposed lareiras (most characteristic element of urban housing in the historic city) and clarify the reading of the section facilitating a global understanding of the interior volume.
The meeting plan between the different floor levels is resolved with a laminated wooden truss on which they discharge, directly or through tie rods, part of the floors and the staircase. This works as a hinge between the north (rúa do Medio) and the south (rúa de San Pedro) of the building.
Clients claimed a space that represented the character of a vocational project, which involves several generations of a family with a tradition of tavern owners and, as indicated at the beginning of this report, is a testimony of the tradition, culture and life of the place . Therefore, a space defined by the conservation of heritage singularities of the building and by the “raw” presentation of the new constructive and structural elements resolved in laminated eucalyptus wood is proposed. They are also used, plywood boards with eucalyptus finish that resolve the (structural) parapet of the staircase, the volume suspended on the bar that houses the indoor unit of the heat pump and, in view, the barrels of beer and wine and the partition wall of the mezzanine store.
The planks of sawed chestnut wood are reused, which, in spite of their large size and the prolonged abandonment of the building, were kept in good condition and had not undergone deformations. They are used, now, in the ground floor lobby, as a ceiling and to shape the box that houses the outdoor unit of the heat pump. Hydraulic tiles are also reused and repositioned as a lining in the toilets lobby.
Through the use of white glazes in the elements of laminated wood and plywood panels the luminosity of the space is increased and the reading of the different elements is clarified and stylized. For the bar and the tables (from the tavern and spaces for socio-cultural use) chestnut wood, natural or charred torch (sou sugi ban) is used. This finish, black, contrasts highlighting these elements (bar, some of the tables and the bench in L give access from the Rua do Medio) on the overall tone of the premises.
For the tavern has been chosen a chair model (recovered and restored) designed in the 60s in A Estrada (population near Santiago de Compostela) with clear Nordic references but built with local chestnut wood. These chairs incorporate small variations in their construction and some have been partially painted, enhancing this variability and the chromatic dialogue with elements such as the bar, the tables and the recovered tiles.
The stools of the bar and of the space under cover located on the mezzanine are of eucalyptus and chestnut and have been manufactured by a local company with a design that refers to the traditional furniture of the taverns of the area.
Finally, for the space located above the tavern, transparent stackable chairs have been chosen, minimizing their presence and allowing, in a simple way, various configurations for the use of this space.
Work: A casa do taberneiro
Location: San Pedro 15. Santiago de Compostela. España
Authors: ARROKABE Arquitectos SLP (Óscar Andrés Quintela and Iván Andrés Quintela)
Photography: ARROKABE Arquitectos SLP | Luis Díaz Díaz