one of Granada’s earliest areas, the neighborhood of El Realejo enar Campo del Príncipe, on a
site favored by views of the west side of the Alhambra, presided over by the Manuel de Falla
Auditorium and the country house and garden of the Martyrs. Further back, behind the cedars,
chestnuts, magnolias and palm trees in the gardens of the little hotels in Belén stands the Sierra
Nevada mountain range. This lot would have been rejected by many because its tiny size
precludes a conventional distribution. Only 3.60 meters deep and ten meters wide, this work is an
exercise in minimums, a laboratory of light and construction intended for living.
The program is as exceptional as this tiny lot on Belén street. It is adapted to stack work areas
and a living space for a single person without renouncing quality and spatial wealth. And it does
so with very straightforward means, such as the manipulation of natural light, varying heights
indoors to compensate for the narrowness of the rooms, and of course, an absolute minimum of
compartmentalization. Thus, the stairs and service areas are at the ends, leaving the central
Precision calls for solving problems by minimizing them, that is, with the smallest possible outlay
to meet technical and functional requirements. These considerations underlie the project, which
is conceived as a section of the wall that historically separated the city from outlying farmland.
And that is how the project was approached: a wall pierced with narrow, regular openings and a
single opening on the upper part. Like a traditional Granada house, it is closed to the street,
open to the sky and garden.
Studio on number 17, Belén street, Granada
Elisa Valero Ramos
Elisa Valero Ramos
María de los Llanos Martín Romero
Leonardo Tapiz Buzarra
Botarel Obras S.A.
belén street, 17 granada
project / work
january 2009 / december 2009
Fernando Alda , more photos