‘ave 7 house’ by DG Estudio
Renovating the ‘AVE 7 House’, a 19th-century apartment situated in a historic building, was a great challenge for Spanish practice DG Estudio. Located centrally within the La Seu neighborhood in Valencia, the dwelling is a unique space where century-old marble floors, Nolla pavements, wooden paneling, and plaster ceilings history are reverently preserved. ‘For us, working in a house with these characteristics has been a great opportunity and quite a challenge. A project that has required great planning and that has been possible thanks to a great team and fantastic clients,’ writes the practice.
all images © Mariela Apollonio
gently adapting century-old designs to new times
DG Estudio (see more here) came across the ‘AVE 7 House’ as a partially renovated project. Three of its spaces were found in an optimal state of conservation and later uplifted by the team: the dining room with a beautiful Nolla floor, the living room with moldings that stand out, and the study area where paintings by Antonio Cortina welcome owners upon entry. ‘The main requirement of the clients, which we shared with them from the beginning, has been to maintain all these original elements, transforming the spaces minimally to ensure that the house adapts to the new times, with new facilities, open spaces and all the comforts of a current home,’ continues the studio.
Meanwhile, the kitchen was designed in collaboration with Mobalco Valencia; it features an area of columns integrated into a wall panel system and a large, central island. The culinary space was completed with the utmost care, as it is the main link between new and existing areas within the house. For that, DG Estudio fitted the kitchen, bedroom doors, entrance, bathrooms, and laundry room — among other spaces — with a series of panels to integrate part of the cabinets.
‘The system we used to design these panels is very similar to the one used in the original paneling of the study area where the door, cabinets, and shutters were integrated. For the owners, the kitchen had to become an important area of the house since they like to cook, and they wanted it to be closely related to the living room area and the rest of the house,’ notes the team.
preserving century-old features
a series of panels make up part of the cabinets
minimal interventions to keep the 19th-century spirit alive
a combination of wood and Nolla flooring
name: AVE 7 House
location: La Seu, Valencia, Spain
area: 187 sqm
architecture: DG Estudio
design team: Isabel Roger Sánchez, Daniel González López
construction: AT4 Grupo
kitchen: Mobalco Valencia
wood flooring: Schottenwood Tarimas de Autor
photography: Mariela Apollonio
edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom