Studio : B.A.D Architecture were appointed to look at the refurbishment of an existing house in just north of Bilbao, Spain, nestled in the picturesque landscape of the Basque region. The existing house sits on a high plateau set in mature landscape with stunning views across the Ugarrte Aozan Valley. The house itself lends itself to being remodelled with the opportunities to excavate the existing basement structure and explore basement living, whilst opening up the south facing elevation to maximise the views.

The design strategy has been to create a modern family home that has design flexibility to allow them to continue living there for the next 25 years. The form, material and detailed composition of the development has evolved through a review of the existing spaces and redundant volumes in the existing basement. The scheme has placed great importance on the quality of living, in exploring and exploiting light, views and flexible open plan living.

The new spaces have been carefully positioned to minimize disruption to the existing structure and open up the plan the to the primary aspect facing south, improving the landscaping and external terrace spaces at both ground and basement levels to improve the family’s amenity space, have been proposed.

Practice : Studio: B.A.D Architects

Time Scale: APRIL 2019 – APRIL 2020

Budget: £150,000

Location: Bilbao, Spain

Client: Private