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Casa Guzman: A Family’s Generations-Spanning Coastal Home Gets an Inspired Update by Plantea Estudio

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Casa Guzman: A Family’s Generations-Spanning Coastal Home Gets an Inspired Update by Plantea Estudio

January 15, 2024

When your adult children have their own children, it can become increasingly difficult, between multiple work, school, and extracurricular schedules, to gather the whole family under one roof. One way for grandparents to encourage more visits: establish a vacation home luxurious enough to woo the grownups and spacious enough to house the grandkids. This was the impetus behind Casa Guzman, a project by Madrid-based architecture studio Plantea Estudio.

The firm was hired by a couple who wanted to overhaul their second home in Santoña, a small fishing town on the north coast of Spain, so that they could comfortably host their extended family. (They are descendants of the original owners.) The exterior of the historical house couldn’t be touched because of local preservation rules, but the interior was fair game. After gutting and rebuilding the insides, what was once a warren of small rooms has been transformed into a first floor that’s open, airy, and optimized for congregation and conversation, and a second floor of bedrooms that can accommodate up to 12 people.

While the clients were supportive of the decision to knock down walls and do whatever was necessary to push the family home into the 21st century, they, like their architect, Carla Morán, were keen “to do so without losing its character, its essence…[and while keeping] alive the memory of the grandparents and the time spent in childhood.”

Photography by Germán Saiz, courtesy of Plantea Estudio.

in place of multiple small rooms, an open plan layout now dominates the first f 12
Above: In place of multiple small rooms, an open-plan layout now dominates the first floor, which houses the spacious eat-in kitchen as well as two living areas. The chestnut cabinets and dining table were custom-designed by Plantea Estudio.
in a nod to the original home and traditional cantabrian and basque farmhouses, 13
Above: In a nod to the original home and traditional Cantabrian and Basque farmhouses, Catalan clay tiles, in Terracotta Red from Cerámicas Ferrés, were selected for the flooring in the public spaces.
the \1960s rush dining chairs by spanish designer joaquim belsa aldea are from  14
Above: The 1960s rush dining chairs by Spanish designer Joaquim Belsa Aldea are from Barcelona’s Fargo Furniture. The stitched cardboard pendant lamps are by Gabriel Ordeix for Santa & Cole.
the wood burning fireplace is by miguel milá sagnier for dae. 15
Above: The wood-burning fireplace is by Miguel Milá Sagnier for DAE.
plantea estudio designed the modern built in linen sofas in the living areas. 16
Above: Plantea Estudio designed the modern built-in linen sofas in the living areas.
exposed industrial style concrete columns add patina to the interiors. 17
Above: Exposed industrial-style concrete columns add patina to the interiors.
terracotta tiles transition to painted pine floors on the second level. the cei 18
Above: Terracotta tiles transition to painted pine floors on the second level. The ceilling here is also pine but unfinished.
Above: The warm palette of rust and wheat continues in the bedrooms.
in the bathroom, more catalan clay tiles in terracotta red from cerámicas  21
Above: In the bathroom, more Catalan clay tiles in Terracotta Red from Cerámicas Ferrés—but this time in a glazed finish. Sconces are from Zangra.

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Frequently asked questions

Who is the architect of Casa Guzman Santona?

Casa Guzman Santona was designed by Plantea Estudio.

Where is Casa Guzman Santona located?

Casa Guzman Santona is located in Santona, Spain.

What is the style of Casa Guzman Santona?

Casa Guzman Santona features a modern and minimalist architectural style.

How many floors does Casa Guzman Santona have?

Casa Guzman Santona has two floors.

What is the size of Casa Guzman Santona?

The exact size of Casa Guzman Santona is not provided in the article.

What materials were used in the construction of Casa Guzman Santona?

The article does not mention the specific materials used in the construction of Casa Guzman Santona.

Does Casa Guzman Santona have any unique design features?

The article does not mention any unique design features of Casa Guzman Santona.

Is Casa Guzman Santona available for public visits?

The availability of public visits to Casa Guzman Santona is not specified in the article.

Can I hire Plantea Estudio to design my home?

You will need to contact Plantea Estudio directly to inquire about their design services.

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