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Zuzanna Gasior
Nov 4, 2022

Vilamacolum House by Jordi Hidalgo Tané is a small town in the Alt Empordà that does not reach 300 inhabitants and whose main activity is agriculture and livestock.

A town where tourism has not arrived and where tractors and agricultural vehicles of all kinds circulate through its streets defined by walls and sheds. A place with a strong character that advised us to propose an architecture capable of dialoguing with the landscape and with the nearby 12th-century Romanesque church of Santa María de Vilamacolum, which watches us carefully. 

A single roof supported by four pillars stores under it the volumes that make up the house, all in concrete. Its unique rough and industrial monumentality, with its marked vertical architecture in contrast to the horizontal landscape, places us halfway between a Palladian villa and an agricultural shed. 

The constructive and structural rigor of the house that uses concrete as a finishing material for floors, walls and ceilings, together with glass and plasterboard cladding with insulation, constitute the elements that, used in its logical constructive form, allow us to build a house of 180m2 built for just over €150,000. 

An architecture that uses construction and structure in its most essential expression to integrate naturally into the surrounding agricultural environment.

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Zuzanna Gasior
Nov 4, 2022

Vilamacolum House by Jordi Hidalgo Tané is a small town in the Alt Empordà that does not reach 300 inhabitants and whose main activity is agriculture and livestock.

A town where tourism has not arrived and where tractors and agricultural vehicles of all kinds circulate through its streets defined by walls and sheds. A place with a strong character that advised us to propose an architecture capable of dialoguing with the landscape and with the nearby 12th-century Romanesque church of Santa María de Vilamacolum, which watches us carefully. 

A single roof supported by four pillars stores under it the volumes that make up the house, all in concrete. Its unique rough and industrial monumentality, with its marked vertical architecture in contrast to the horizontal landscape, places us halfway between a Palladian villa and an agricultural shed. 

The constructive and structural rigor of the house that uses concrete as a finishing material for floors, walls and ceilings, together with glass and plasterboard cladding with insulation, constitute the elements that, used in its logical constructive form, allow us to build a house of 180m2 built for just over €150,000. 

An architecture that uses construction and structure in its most essential expression to integrate naturally into the surrounding agricultural environment.

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