This architect’s vision of a national historic landmark in Serena, Bedar, is a design in osmosis with the building’s history. The former Mezquita of Serena, is already extraordinary as a ruin. The architect Ignacio Cano Smit drew a modern contemporary villa in which he incorporated traditional moorish architectural concepts.
The architect respected the historic remnants of the ruin. In the ruin, you can still make out the Arabic arches at the entrances of the former Mezquita. Inside the ruin, there is also a more recent history visible. After being a moorish house of worship, it became a catholic one and later transformed into an olive oil mill. In the ruin, you find the original press and grinder, as well as the stone troughs in which they collected the ripe olives.
These features remain intact in the design of about 250 square meter villa. The arches in the façade are restored to its former glory. The eye-catcher though, will now be the top floor. It will be installed like a box that seems to float on a small layer of metal and glass on top of the existing structure. The striking windows’ design base are traditional Arabic coffered ceilings.
The stone and brick masonry in combination with wood give this large single nave building great architectural solidity. Now, those traditional materials will be united by steel, metal, glass, concrete and ceramic.
Inside, the architect aimed to keep a fluid distribution within the existing structure. The central open space will be maintained with an entrance on one side and a kitchen on the other. These will be separated from the central area with glass walls underneath the existing structural arches. The lounge will take up a double height so the vertical part made of natural stone contrasts with the horizontal concrete slabs. In the double floor lounge, a metal staircase will connect the top floor. There you will have a large landing, that can serve either as office space, a second lounge or as a fourth bedroom. Above the entrance and above the kitchen there will be two double bedrooms with en suite bathrooms and walk in closets.
The building structure that communicates with the main one will get a makeover. It will be turned into a white-box-like building that will emphasise the traditional features of the main building. Here, there will be a pantry next to the kitchen, a guest bathroom and a master bedroom with walk in closets and a private Andalusian patio and bathroom.
The plot in front of the mezquita will be raised to the main entrance. This makes it possible to install a garage and to accommodate a swimming pool.
This stunning makeover is an exciting and turnkey building project waiting for its inspired owner.
Serena is a small hamlet just 5 minutes from Bedar. It is a picturesque little village, flanked by green hills and a well with natural spring water at its entrance. In Bedar you find restaurants, bars, 2 small supermarkets and all other amenities. The beaches of Mojacar, Garrucha and Vera are a 20 minute drive from Serena. The entrance to the A7 motorway is 10 minutes away. The closest airport is Almeria at 40 minutes, followed by Murcia at 75 minutes. The Alicante airport is a two hour drive via the A7 motorway.