An architectural work unique in the world, that has opened a third way in treat of the ruins: The ruin is not restored or reconstructed; only itself is adapted to make it habitable. Selected among the 100 best houses in the world.
An old straw loft transformed into an impressive loft with two levels. An architectural work unique in the world, work of the architect Jesús Castillo Olí, selected among the 100 best houses in the world by the prestigious magazine Wallpaper and one of the 30 best houses in Spain by Materialicious.
The loft, created under the original volume of the old straw, has two floors. A lower 115m2 floor where we found the living room, kitchen and bathroom, and a top where the room is situated. A space where all the elements were respected to create a true dialogue between the rural melancholy of the ruin and the functionality of the most modern architecture, the architecture of the senses because everything in La Ruina Habitada is designed for the pleasure of the senses.
In the shower, a 2.50 m x 2.50 m space, we can unwind with the view of the pond and the water falling from the 6 meters height of the loft. Water that at night is filled with drops of light and during the day allows us to contemplate the dazzling solar clock made with a holographic glass plate. La Ruina Habitada can offer up to 16 different lighting scenes thanks to its play of light and thermal floor.
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We are welcomed by an engawa, a Japanese garden with ivy and a small pond under a glass plate where the water slides just like a cascade. A 9 meters armored glass wall is the invisible limit of the house, turning the interior and the exterior in one unique space.
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Other things to note
a Ruina Habitada is located in the town of Porquera de los Infantes (Palencia), in the region of Valdivia, historically known for being the home of the parents of Pedro de Valdivia who discovered Chile.
A 2 km of Aguilar de Campo, key in the itinerary of the Palencian Romanesque routes famous for its biscuit industry, and 30 minutes away from any of the beaches of Cantabria.
An area that stands out for its important historical heritage, especially for a series of Romanesque monuments like the Monastery of Santa María la Real, the Monastery of Santa María de Mave or the famous churches of Olleros de Pisuerga, Cillamayor or Villanueva de la Torre.
You can arrive to La Ruina Habitada by car, train (AVE Madrid-Palencia or ALVIA Madrid-Santander stop in Aguilar de Campoo, or plane (45 minutes from Santander’s Airport.)