Posted on 2021/03/08

Housing extension around a patio in Benimaclet (Valencia)


The project 


Benimaclet was an orchard town that was absorbed by the city of Valencia in the second half of the last century. In this town houses coexist with small-scale multi-family buildings, as is the case here: a three-storey building, made up of 6 dwellings, which, on the ground floor and through a central access, gives access in the block courtyard to two-storey constructions belonging to each of the dwellings in the building. The intervention that we present consists of the reconstruction of one of these buildings, belonging to one of the dwellings on the ground floor, and its connection with it. The low construction quality and the habitability problems of this building advised its demolition and volumetric reconstruction.


Ceramic image in the kitchen and dining room of Claudia Benimaclet Valencia home


Objectives of the intervention: 


· Overturning the dwelling to the patio, landscaped patio with a tree, vines and upholstery. The kitchen is located in the room connecting the house to the pavilion, turning the patio into the central piece of the house, both functionally and spatially.


lattice in interior terrace of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia


· Control the views between the annexed pavilion and the dwellings on the upper floors and protect the pavilion from excessive sunshine in summer.


· Use only natural materials taking full advantage of their texture to leave them uncoated. The entire intervention gravitates over three elements: baked clay, white walls and wood.


interior living room of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia



Use of terracotta: 


· Pavements and wall cladding made with mechanised pieces of terracotta of two sizes: 24x12x3 cm. and 24x5,5x3 cm. with a rig that combines both sizes. In the most vulnerable areas of the humid premises these same pieces have been enamelled in white, prior to their placement, by the same owner of the dwelling who has a degree in Fine Arts.

These pieces are manufactured by Cooperativa Ladrillera S.C.V.


bathroom and bedroom of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia


· Revoltones of the slabs made with curved Mallorcan vault supported on metal beams.

These pieces are manufactured by Tejar Bandrís.


Sketches of the roof tiles of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia


· Ceramic sunbreaks made with the piece Square Latticework, measuring 20x20x8 cm, specially cut for this work at 45º, achieving a slanted piece that gives the latticework a greater frontal opacity and a directionality that allows the NE orientation to be chosen because it provides the best views from inside the pavilion.

These pieces are manufactured by Cerámicas Ferrés.


detail latticework of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia


Planos del proyecto 


floor plan of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia


elevation of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia

elevation of Claudia's house Benimaclet Valencia




Datos del proyecto 



Architects: Arturo Sanz Martínez and Fran López López   

Location: Calle Mistral. Neighbourhood of Benimaclet (Valencia)

Project: 2018 / Work: 2019

Builder: Juan Casado

Landscaping: Gustavo Marina
Wooden exterior carpentry: Fuster Alonso

Earthenware flooring: Cooperativa Ladrillera

Ceramic lattices: Cerámicas Ferrés

Photography: María Mira

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