Elisa Valero Ramos, studio in Granada

Elisa Valero Ramos,


Architects are faced with a challenge and an opportunity when designing their own studio.

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Elisa Valero Ramos, studio in Granada Architects are faced with a challenge and an opportunity when designing their own studio. This was also the case for Elisa Valero Ramos, Spanish architect shortlisted as one of the 20 women competing for the arcVision Prize “Women and architecture”.

Elisa Valero Ramos is a Spanish architect known to the Floornature community for her El Serrallo nursery school in the hills to the north of Granada: She is also one of the twenty women on the shortlist of nominations for the arcVision prize “Women and architecture”.
A great recognition for Elisa Valero Ramos whose works focus on the indivisible relationship between light, space and material, leading to buildings whose strength lies precisely in the great poetry of the essential composition. 

What better example to tell this whole story than the studio she designed for herself in Granada, at Calle Belén 17

The position selected reveals her love for this old city: the plot is small and challenging - 10 metres wide and only 3.60 metres deep - but offers priceless views. On the western side you get views of Alhambra and the Manuel de Falla auditorium, and on the other side you can see all the way to Sierra Nevada interrupted only by the gardens of the many hotels in the area.

Elisa Valero Ramos stuck with the plan of the traditional houses in Granada - closed to the street front and open towards the sky and the garden. The façade wall is covered in regularly placed and offset narrow rectangular openings, in addition to a single large window directly engaging with the urban fabric.

The stunning thing about this studio is the absolutely material use of light which - together with a very minimal division of spaces - helps give the perception of a  large and airy interior, despite the fact that the actual usable area is so narrow. 

With the creation of her workplace, Elisa Valero Ramos confirms that true originality lies in rediscovering the genuineness of things, over and above passing fads and fashions. All of this for architecture that is “rooted in the earth and in its own time”, as the architect writes in her bio.

Christiane Bürklein

Project: Elisa Valero Ramos, http://www.elisavalero.com/
Location: Granada, Sapin
Year: 2009
Photography: Fernando Alda - courtesy of Elisa Valero Ramos

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