A global pandemic, telework, and the search of a style of life more sedate, has caused an increase in the demand of houses that provides a glimmer of hope in the movement for the repopulation of Spain emptied. In the last 10 years, the municipalities with less than 5,000 inhabitants have lost more than 77% of its population, but the current situation is reversing slightly the situation in some of the villages in Spain.

Each time there are more people who decide to leave everything and go for a more sustainable way of life and quiet outside of the big cities. Others, however, are looking for a holiday home in nearby villages to their regular residences to transform them into shelters to escape the hustle and bustle.

Some have joined the modern architecture and the rural. Others have opted for housing new building with contemporary lines and minimalist design

The few, the lucky ones, you can have a rural cottage, inherited from their ancestors. But many, most, looking for a people of adoption that they be welcomed in your search for a new life. In this case, the search is concentrated mostly in populations with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Rural houses old and dilapidated, with a lot of potential.

Many of these “hunters of peoples”, have found the true treasures that have been placed in the hands of studies in architecture for his rehabilitation and have been transformed into true exponents of the union between modern architecture and rural areas. Others, instead, have preferred to bet on creating homes from scratch with contemporary lines and minimalist design.

Some of these examples are based on a wonderful base architectural, traditional, typical of the area of origin, where the stone walls, the vaults of wood and the integration with the environment play a fundamental role. Other, they were housing without grace and beauty that to hit master of architecture studies, have failed to give luster and remove all of its potential.

The most visionaries have even opted for enclaves more peculiar as old sheds, industrial sheds, barns or agricultural buildings to create single dwellings where you can still see traces of its origin and original structures.

Casa Calixto, of GRX Arquitectos


Casa Calixto, of GRX Arquitectos

Situated in la Puebla de Don Fadrique (Granada), this house is a clear example of how a contemporary construction can be integrated with the landscape. The main structure of concrete and stone veneer local, allows a finish organic, imperfect and craft. The interior, in contrast, is a space modern and minimal, where the dialogue between the interior and the exterior.

Photographs: Javier Callejas + Image Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)

Casa Borrero, Studio Wet


Casa Borrero, Studio Wet

In Alosno, a small town in the centre of andevalo huelva, known for its fandangos and English architecture, Studio Wet has succeeded in giving a face wash in this house of traditional village changed all their original configuration, and capitalizing on their quirks, two patios semicircular who are the undisputed protagonists of the outside.

Photographs: Fernando Alda

Reform of a house of people, unparelld'arquitectes


Reform of a house of people, unparelld’arquitectes

Two houses, can Man and can plant in Sant Esteve d’en Bas, converted into the vacation residence of two families. The first, two plants (one for each family) which comprises the private areas. The second, designed to expand the domestic space and create your stay more connected with the outside world.

Photos: José Hevia

The church of Tas Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos


The church of Tas Garmendia Cordero Arquitectos

Garmendia Cordero was the study commissioned to transform a renaissance church in an abandoned impressive modern and open. This small church, built during the second half of the SIXTEENTH century and located in the municipality of Sopuerta, was in a pitiable state, and was worried about its structural stability.

They played the original structure only what is needed and raised the home as an open space, with much of the original materials to the view.

Photos: Carlos Garmendia Fernández

The houses of the olives, of mar plus ask


The houses of the olives, of mar plus ask

In the Sierra de Tramuntana of Mallorca, the Home of the Olive tree is a clear example of integration master of the architecture and its surroundings. Its walls rise up in the company of century-old olive trees and around a large rock that has become the main protagonist of the space.

In its interior, as only a small bed in an open space of nature, an outdoor shower fed by rain water, a fireplace, and a rudimentary kitchen on an open bar.

Photography: Piet Albert Goethals

Dirk and the chocolate factory, by Anna & Eugeni Bach


Dirk and the chocolate factory, by Anna & Eugeni Bach

In the urban area of the small town of La Bisbal, we found a treasure, a small ship that housed a former chocolate factory, with a typology very curious and that makes it a very unique. Three floors, facade, stone walls, and Catalan vault, Anna & Eugeni Bach has adapted this industrial building into a family home that keeps its original character.

Photo: Eugeni Bach

Home Bedroom, of MYCC


Home Bedroom, of MYCC

An old shed renovated and converted into a second residence. Located in the Alcove of the Tower (Soria) and a few meters from the castle, to encourage their owners to preserve both the stone walls of centuries, the design of the cover and a large part of the tiles of the old building of tillage.

Photo: Rubén P. Bescós

Town house in Montcada, of Hiha Studio


Town house in Montcada, of Hiha Studio

We are before the reform of an old town house of the ground floor, where you have opted to modify the entire layout to give maximum privacy to its owners, and create a courtyard in the back of the property. A very unique area called the attention to the curved design of the corridor that connects with the living room.

Photos: Pol Viladoms

The Barn, G+F Arquitectos


The Barn, G+F Arquitectos

Sensational rehabilitation of this building, agricultural and livestock into disuse in the early TWENTIETH century. Located in a small village on the castilian Plateau, the intervention was planned as a total recycling and with the goal of preserving the identity of the building.

Photograph By Joaquín Mosquera Casares

Casa Chã, of Krafna


Casa Chã, of Krafna

A modest building of just 45m2 located in the rural area of Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal) between vineyards and crops. Rose with few resources and with the aim of taking advantage of the original building, an old farmhouse with a stone facade.

Photos: Fábio Veríssimo Santos

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