Bilbao architecture studio Azab splits a former farmhouse in the town of Liou, Spain, creating two distinct living spaces for two generations of family.
Redesigned for a daughter and her parents, both halves (upper and lower) are distinct in terms of structure, but are functionally integrated into each other — visually separate, but integrated in purpose. Azab principal Iñigo Berasategui shares: “The fundamental concept of the house is to take advantage of the original structure of the house to build two complementary ways of living from it, taking advantage of the kinship relationship of the owners of both houses.”
The two-bedroom ground floor, where the parents reside, has a large kitchen and living room, well suited for extended family gatherings and social activities. Upstairs, a kitchen acts as a central space surrounded by six versatile rooms that can act as family bedrooms, guest rooms, or dining areas. While maintaining two separate houses, both contain elements that can be used by any member of the family — the daughter can entertain guests below, while the parents can utilize any room above.
Pinks and reds accent sections of both houses, adding more warmth amidst the white walls and exposed concrete frame. Striped glass and mirrors liven up the interior, the opposite of the exterior’s plain facade — if not for the rhomboid pattern, the house would look unassuming and spartan from any onlooker.
Azab’s latest project embodies the family dynamic — idealistically distinct, but fundamentally inseparable.