5 contemporary stone houses raised from ruins

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Stone house in a ruin

A natural stone house can “live” several lives. From a ruin, a new structure can be constructed to create a contemporary design. Here you have 5 examples of natural stone renovations that respect the heritage and give a totally unique look to the new building.

1. House in Melgaço: a necessary extension

Stone house in MelgaçoLocated in Melgaço, in Northern Portugal, the rehabilitation of this house has been designed by Brandão Costa Arquitectos. For refurbishing this small stone building, the architects created an extension also made in stone that accommodates the lounge and three bedrooms. Therefore, the house has two sides in shape and function, but totally connected in terms of landscape and character of the existing ruin.

2. The White House in an historic stone ruin

The White House

Completed in June 2010, The White House has been remodelled by WT Architecture in Scotland. In this case, the stone ruin has been consolidated and partly occupied. A massive dry stone wall extends into the natural landscape, extending the ancient patterns of enclosure. Boswell and Johnston visited this ruin during their tour of the Hebrides in 1773. The restoration project was awarded by Scottish Home Awards or the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2011.

3. The House of Ruins, an award-winning contemporary home

The House of Ruins by NRJA Architects

The House of Ruins, designed by NRJA architects, is an award-winning contemporary home built inside the ruins of a 19th century Latvian stone barn. This modern eco-friendly house uses stone walls to serve as privacy screens and protective barriers against the Baltic Sea winds. The perfection of glass is combined with the rough surface of the old stone. The house provides both, modern life comfort and quietness of the nature.

4. A relaxing retreat in Australia

Goldfields Ruin Clunes by Centrum ArchitectsDesigned by Centrum Architects, this house situated in the Victorian Goldfields, rural Victoria (Australia), has been transformed into a new house to facilitate a modern lifestyle. The new extension allows the full height of the stone ruin wall to be appreciated. The modern minimalist interiors reflects the simple beauty of the masonry walls of the ruin. The home was originally built for the McRorie family in the 1860s.

5. A guesthouse for a stone ruin in USA

A guesthouse by Narcis Tudor architects

Narcis Tudor thinks architecture has the power to “evoke the unmeasurable trigger of emotion”. This is the aim of this project, a guesthouse for a stone ruin outside Durango, Colorado (USA). Two stone stacks give the illusion of crumbling ruins. Tudor oriented the structure five degrees east of south and staggered its twin stone stacks to create a thermal mass. The sandstone captures the sun’s heat during the day and radiates it back when the air grows cool at night.

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