What is it about the house in Sisante that attracts so many attention?
Ara: I think the greatest success of the Casa de la Sevillana, a 17th century palace, is that it is a coherent project that tries to respect the essence of the original house. We did not try to be protagonists as designers, in fact, the project subtracts rather than adds, eliminating some mistakes made in interventions.
Noa: It is also a project of great effect with limited resources. This can be seen, for example, in the selective framing of the interior to carefully select which old elements are visible and which are painted. This generates a unified image and a low-budget interior design, where the structure of the house itself acquires the value it deserves.
You carry out projects in the fields of healthcare, education, equipment, rehabilitation, offices, housing, in which one do you feel more comfortable?
Ara: Each project is an investigation and that is the attraction. It is true that in the studio we try to solve the programs as well as possible, but basically we always try to produce project systems that are flexible and resilient to programmatic change. In this sense, we feel comfortable developing all the programs you mention. The challenge is always to make a project that works and also has a certain amount of desire.
Noa: Indeed, the challenge is always to make a project that works and that is also suggestive and attractive, providing added value beyond functionality or seeking the best technical response.