The Rural Centre of Cordobilla is composed by a Gothic manor house, a small 16th century parish church and some pre-existing farm buildings. The renewed manor house becomes a restaurant and the surrounding elements are reorganised around a new stone-paved square.
The building seeks to achieve coexistence, not contradiction, between the old elements and the new ones; therefore the new pieces of architecture here introduced are nothing but substitutions of the previous ruined buildings: the new tower, the courtyard, the service building… All of them composed following an inner logic closely tied to its construction and an evident desire of clarity. The functional scheme is simple and clear: the courtyard -impluvium- recovers its function as entry from the square to the adjacent buildings now occupied by the bar and the great dining-room. In the middle of these two wings – bar and dining-room – is the new tower that contains the great fireplace in a triple-height space, similar to monastic fireplaces. The tower is finished by a metallic tholos celebrating the smoke coming from the hearth. Attached to the main body, as if it were a local curing room, is the banquet room.
The commission also comprised the design of all the interiors and furniture, which in the end becomes a process of seeking an autonomous form. Cupboards, tables, chairs, lamps etc. are unique to every space and pretend to evoke analogies to well-known images.