Located in Cartagena, Columbia, House and Studio for A Painter is a 2005 project completed by Martín Lejarraga. This awesome house and studio are 211,98 m2 in size with urban elements inserted and two facades. The building itself appears as a two-floor building which is actually four.
As a house and a studio, urban elements are inserted into this building to create a unique characteristic. There are also two facades designed for this project: outside facade and inside facade. The outside facade is austere, hard, and also protective against external environment. It is also closed carefully and used as a filter for light.
Different from the outside facade, the inside facade is open to the open air and natural light to the courtyard. This facade is also different depends on the orientation, opaque, or transparent according to the intimacy degree that needs the inner space of the building. The inside facade is industrialized and modulated completely.
There are two different uses of this project: a painting studio and a house. The studio and house are near but also not together. They share the same volume of the building but not the same scale. There is only a building that can be seen from the outside but actually there are two buildings inside one.
To the public, this building appears as a two-floor building where actually it has four floors. It also has a courtyard that used as an empty element that marks the vertical limit lack. This appearance makes the house and studio unique and also different from others.
House and Studio for A Painter Gallery
Photographers: Juan de la Cruz Megías / David Frutos / Juan M. Díaz Burgos