The plot is located in the historical city centre of Granollers, amidst an urban fabric of dwellings with shared partition walls. The available space is narrow and elongated, only 6.5 metres wide, and is accessible from two streets. Owing to the dilapidated state of the existing building, only the main façade, reasonably well-preserved and with a certain heritage value, could be kept.
The owners wish was to differentiate two zones in the house: a domestic area, where daily family life took place, and a secondary area, quiet and isolated from the first, functionally independent, to be used variously as a living room or to entertain occasional guests, as well as for meals and gatherings. According to planning regulations, the partition into two areas followed automatically. The domestic area is situated towards the main street, while the west side of the plot, isolated and separated by the central garden, becomes a segregated zone for vehicle access.
The east-west orientation of the plot and the narrowness of the access streets made it difficult to achieve a good incidence of sunlight through the street façades. This added to the challenge of achieving privacy on the ground floor and led us to recess the building from the front.