Mediona 13 housing project, Tarragona

Wrapped in a special atmosphere between nostalgia and abandonment the port city of Tarragonain Spain, is the focus of one regeneration project. A former Roman colony overlooking the Balearic Sea in Catalonia is a heterogeneous site, generated by the interplay of different objects, epochs and different cultures, which together have formed a compact and cohesive physical unit over time. The urban form of the old quarter is based on the layout of the Roman Acropolis, located on top of a small promontory facing the sea. This small fortified citadel was organized around three platforms built on a series of steps: the Temple of Augustus on the highest point where the cathedral stands today, Piazza del Foro, from which the province was administered, and the Circus, on the lower terrace. From this structure and through subsequent transformations through history, a fragment of a complex and diversified citywhere the built mass, the present public space and the daily life of the citizens coexist with the oldest relics and with medieval, renaissance and modern heritage.

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

Against this background of past and present comparisons, is remodeling project promoted by the team of NUA arquitectures, the local studio that oversaw the rethinking of an almost forgotten housing complex. That drawing of Mediona 13in fact, “it consists of reactivating the house to make its use flexible”, as the architects explain, “improving living conditions, bringing natural light and ventilation to all spaces and trying to preserve the essence, memory as much as possible and the spirit of the existing construction , reproduces the very codes of the formation of the historic city, or uses the overlay and accumulation of the various time layers as a design tool “.

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

The result is a single address to three different locations, divided into three levels and a mezzanine: “each floor corresponds to an independent and private unit which contains space for cooking and dining, refreshment and rest “, they add in the description of the restyling.” At the same time, a large selection of interior openings allows to permeability between the intimate space and the common space, consisting of entrances and common areas. In this way, the units can function both independently and in relation to each other. ” When you think about it this way, the house can therefore be understood as 3 houses in 1, a residential complex built around a three-pronged partition wall overlooking Carrer Mediona, a narrow street located on what was the ancient Roman square of the Provincial Forum.

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

As designers of NUA Architectures, the intervention was focused on two main aspects: Let natural light and air penetrate into every corner of the house and rehabilitate and adapt the structure to the needs of modern construction. Thus, if on the one hand the improvement of the lighting was achieved with the insertion of a transparent access door and on the back with the installation of windows and French doors that filter light and ventilation even in the rear rooms, on the other hand, it the interior design has been redesigned with new structural elements. Finally, maximum care and attention to color: Although the plastered beams, brick walls and wood finishes are predominant, glimpses of light blue and brushstrokes of gentle green reveal the building’s cormate past.

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

mediona 13 housing project, tarragona

Mediona 13 housing project by NUA arquitectures, Tarragona

José Hevia

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