Today would have been my Mom and Dad’s 32nd wedding anniversary. In a couple weeks, my Mom is getting remarried to a wonderful man, and I know my Dad is very happy for her. 

For a lot of my friends and family, I don’t need to speak of the love of the Granada Sherlock Holmes series that was aired in the 80s by the BBC. The music was lovely, and of course Dad had the soundtrack. The series was loved by my whole family, and some of my fondest memories are sitting on the couch after dinner with Mom and Dad, watching The Six Napoleons, or The Second Stain, which are two of our favorite episodes.

It might seem like I’m rambling now, but there is a connection. I’m getting there ;-)

Before I was born (I think), Dad and my Uncle Mark were tasked with putting together some music for our friend Elizabeth’s wedding or wedding shower. They both made separate mixed tapes, but they both had at least one track in common - the track Elsie Cubitt from the Sherlock Holmes soundtrack, by Patrick Gowers. 



Juan Domingo Santos /// Casa entre Medianeras /// Granada, Spain /// 1989-1999

Of Houses guest curated by The Intertwining (Paula V. Álvarez Benítez, Nuria Álvarez Lombardero, Álvaro Carrillo Eguilaz, David Arredondo Garrido, Francisco González de Canales, Vincent Morales Garoffalo and Juan Antonio Sánchez Muñoz):
“Opposed to those “architectural projects that wage war in isolation, putting their trust in architectural discipline in order to carry out the work successfully”, are those in which architecture helps give shape to diverse events, conspiracies and relationships in order to lead to a way of life that pleases the inhabitants. This is how Santos describes the attitude behind “Casa entre Medianeras” a meta-house made out of 4 apartments whose inhabitants claim rights (desires) on the properties of others, in order to be included into their own. The task of the architect is not only to negotiate and define the exchanges, barters, cessions or loans that may accommodate the (sometime conflicting) desires of the inhabitants, but also to prepare architecture for those yet to come. The result challenges the normative definition of what a family, a home or a house is, envisioning new possibilities for inhabitation. Traditional images of living and new conceptions for inhabiting merge in the design, anticipating nomadic modes of existence that, a decade later, and without the permission of architects, initiatives like Airbnb would successfully work out. But in this house architectural design is not just a scenario or a tool for inhabiting; rather it is one of many actors in the promiscuous equations of life.”

Text: Paula V. Álvarez / Plans and images courtesy of Juan Domingo Santos.
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Fernando de Higueras Díaz & Antonio Miró /// Andrés Segovia’s House /// Almuñécar, Punta de la Mona, Granada, Spain /// 1965

Of Houses guest curated by The Intertwining (Paula V. Álvarez Benítez, Nuria Álvarez Lombardero, Álvaro Carrillo Eguilaz, David Arredondo Garrido, Francisco González de Canales, Vincent Morales Garoffolo and Juan Antonio Sánchez Muñoz):
“Fernando Higueras, a versatile genius, has a perfect understanding of the language of the Modern Movement. However, he was able to liberate himself from its established schemes, and to fuse them with local architecture. In this house, in a genuine display of creativity, Higueras managed to bridge his interest for the historical past and his concerns about contemporary Organicism. This is how he wisely overcame the specific challenges posed by a house for another talented genius, Andrés Segovia, who is regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
At the very edge of the Punta de la Mona, after digging out the north limit of the site, an irregular level was created to support domestic life. It was displaced to the South, cantilevering over lower platforms in order to capture the spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea. In a miscellaneously unique way, some areas of this outer space were covered by tiled roof surfaces supported by an orthogonal system of reinforced concrete beams. A rich indoor-outdoor relationship was generated for the enjoyment of life and nature, and a place was created where vernacular traits became modern features.”

Text: David Arredondo Garrido. Photos: Javier Algarra.