This striking house in Girona in Spain's Costa Brava area incorporates strikingly modern design with raw, original walls and architecture.
The owner, architect Anna Noguera, bought the property when it was in ruins, and has restored it beautifully, contrasting rustic, natural stone with concrete, glass, and minimalism. The design blends contemporary design with the old, historical building. In the words of the owner, the property has evolved without breaking with the past.
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The property now acts as her holiday home while she resides in Barcelona with her family, and she rents it out as a holiday rental on welcomebeyond.com (opens in new tab). The four-storey, five-bedroom house spans 5381 square feet of interior space, and is split up into two apartments that can either be rented separately or together. There's also a private garden with a plunge pool, and a large veranda.
On entering through a stone arch, stone steps melt into wooden steps that lead up into the main house.
Living spaces feature a mix of materials, combining rustic stone walls with modern poured floors and wooden ceilings with exposed beams. Stone, wood, iron and concrete form the main materials of this impressive house.
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The main living room opens onto a generous veranda, with an outside fireplace, a barbecue station, and stunning views over the city.
Warm, wooden floorboards make this outdoor terrace feel very inviting and liveable.
The wood flooring flows into the modern white kitchen.
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Handleless white kitchen cabinetry provide a fresh, modern contrast to the original stone walls.
The owners made the dining table themselves. It has wheels so you can easily move it to the veranda and enjoy dinner outside.
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The master bathroom features a stunning bath made out of smooth cement. It's a sumptuously textural space.
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Bedrooms all feature the same stone walls, with wood ceilings, poured floors and modern furniture. Modern interiors serve as an enchanting contrast to the warm lighting and the rustic natural stone.
The home opens out to an inner courtyard with a luscious green garden, a plunge pool and a seating area for alfresco dining.
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The house sits proudly in the historic quarter of the medieval town of Girona in Spain, and is surrounded by shops and restaurants, with Michelin dining in your doorstep. The old city centre of Girona is one of the best-preserved areas in Spain, together with Toledo, and has been influenced by a lot of different cultures.
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Lotte is the Digital Editor for Livingetc, and has been with the website since its launch. She has a background in online journalism and writing for SEO, with previous editor roles at Good Living, Good Housekeeping, Country & Townhouse, and BBC Good Food among others, as well as her own successful interiors blog. When she's not busy writing or tracking analytics, she's doing up houses, two of which have features in interior design magazines. She's just finished doing up her house in Wimbledon, and is eyeing up Bath for her next project.
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