I am a traveler at heart and would always love a great accommodation when I run away from home. This is because a good accommodation will allow you to enjoy relaxation to a greater extent. The 16th-Century Ruin Alemanys 5 renovated by Anna Noguera is definitely one that will make my heart ache leaving. This hospitality design is a vacation rental that goes beyond the boundaries of preserving its history or following the design trends of today.
In New York, when we talk about old construction – it roughly means that the building is pre-war. And in Girona, which was under siege over 24 times, if you talk to a local about an old construction – you might get a question, which one? The 16th-Century Ruin Alemanys 5 is a rental unit that was recently restored within a small town in Spain. This place had an inviting atmosphere that is both serene and relaxing – a perfect way to spend the night away from home.
Unlike traditional hotels and other means of accommodations, this vacation rental has a powerful design that captures the essence of a home. It was built when Girona was still a powerful medieval city full of energetic and noisy Jewish activity.
In 2010, Anna Noguera renovated the structure. She was not certain when the building was originally constructed. The renovation has allowed the structure to take on a different perspective where you can see sober and clean lines. This further increased the aesthetic appeal of the design by combining the elements of space, shadow, fire, light, stone, silence and water. Overall, the hospitality design has an interesting and high appeal to the senses.
Girona, a small town of Spain, sits around 60 miles up the coast due north from Barcelona. This is an area where the Romans, Moors, Napoleonic and Visigoths troop settled in the history. The medieval town center remained largely intact despite the settlements and in the past 20 years the medieval quarters have been largely restored. The building is specifically located in one of the original city gates of Girona and this makes it very challenging to navigate the building to take up layers of renovations and additions that will still make the original historical design remain.
The husband of Anna Noguera manages the rental unit and divided the old building into two subtle apartments namely – El Badiu and El Gardi – which means the porch and the garden respectively. The two apartments shared the courtyard and pool and the entire property can be rented together or as separate entities. The post-medieval texture of the building was stripped off and the designer peeled off layers of additions and renovations so the original details will be revealed.
I just love the fireplace – it looks warm, comforting and accommodating!
Posted by JackieAzuela at 12 October, 2012