CHALLENGE: Design a sustainable home that adapts to the natural topography of the land and ensures thermal comfort in each of the interior spaces.
SOLUTION: Design of openwork panels on the facades exposed to the sun and saltpeter, which allow the entry of controlled lighting and in turn ensure cross ventilation inside.
Casa Battista is a comprehensive architecture project that combines the principles of restoration, interior design, furniture design and landscaping for a republican-style house from 1890 located on Don Sancho Street in the Walled City of Cartagena.
The objective was to recover the existing building and adapt its configuration to function as a boutique hotel that evokes the traditional elements of the time. The design strategies used in this restoration were: to generate a semi-basement that would house the service and maintenance areas, to take advantage of the existing central patio to generate a water mirror capable of refreshing the interior and to condition a terrace with a pool on the top level of the building, where the design of the main staircase takes center stage.
The restoration of the existing building involved the consolidation and structural repair, the restoration of the facades and interior of the original building, renovation and restoration of wooden, metal, and ornamental elements; always under the premise of using traditional and artisanal materials from the area, reinterpreting them and using them in new ways.