Interior Design 24·12·2019
Goizko Country House, tradition and sustainability in the Urdaibai biosphere reserve lifestyle
With over 150 years of history, this building is listed as part of the Historical Heritage of the city and represents the typical architecture of the Basque Country. The original foundations of the building have been preserved in the refurbishment and more avant-garde structures have been added, fashioned from oak and ceramics.
A symbol of traditional Basque architecture with over 150 years of history, the Goizko farmhouse (known as Omagoieaskoa Baserri) is one of the oldest homesteads in the Bizkaia region, nestled in the heart of the Urdaibai biosphere reserve.
These typical Basque country farmhouses (known as Baserri in Basque) used to house large families of farmers and country folk and have now become a tourist attraction. So much so, that many of them have been renovated and are now used as hotels or rural country guest houses.
With 750 square metres of surface area over three storeys, the Goizko country house has maintained its original structures intact after the intervention of the team from architectural studio Bilbao Architecture Team (BAT), which renovated the entire structure of the south-west wing, adding local oak and pine and using dry silica sand on the more damaged areas.
This process also employed sustainable and resistant materials, such as Par-ker, the Porcelanosa ceramic parquet flooring that brings together the overall design of the house.
Considered Historical Heritage of Urdaibai , this building preserves its façade, as well as the floors, pillars and beams that were erected back in the nineteenth century.
Although the presence of retaining walls has limited space distribution, one of the larger renovations involved the expansion of the main living room with a double vaulted ceiling. To construct this, part of one floor was removed in order to open up a large two-storey window to let the natural light flood in.
There is also a second living room on the double-storey balcony that connects to the rest of the property through the main staircase, a stunning piece of carpentry that brings back the craftsmanship of the old trades.
The interior wall covering in the two-storey living room space is from the Liston Oxford Acero collection by Porcelanosa. Whereas, the ground floor includes Hampton Grey ceramic wood by Venis. Both rooms are connected by a staircase made from wood from the original building.
Architect: BAT (Bilbao Architecture Team)
Photography: Aitor Estévez Olaizola