A part of the extensive land that Juana Josefa Valdeavellano of Tweddle owned in the resort of Barranco, in what had been the El Pacayar farm of the diplomat, journalist and writer Juan Francisco Pazos Varela. Three years after taking over the lot, in 1923, the Polish architect Ricardo de Jaxa Malachowski was hired to build two "cottages" very similar to each other, with tile roofs, decorated facades and a tower between the two buildings. These worked as a single lot until the early 1940s, when they were dismembered. In 1987, the main house was declared a National Monument for its architectural value, for being the work of the famous architect and for keeping an important part of the history of the district and the city.
There is not much more information about the original house. Just some photos, but no plane. It was found in a rather deteriorated state. This project, as a house in Barranquilla, was quite special because it has a lot of ornamentation, a facade with sculptural elements such as the frieze with mosaics, and recovering all that was a challenge. They also added certain constructive features, such as the fact that, unlike other mansions of the time, which had a pastry ceiling that gave protection from humidity, this house was only protected by tiles that had been falling over time.
And they were reinforced with wooden columns to later rearm, following traditional techniques and putting a final finish with plaster for consolidation. In the second level the lining was also removed, which was badly damaged, and the walls were rebuilt. Between these two floors and the exterior of the house, the architect created the nine rooms that make up the boutique hotel. The remaining clay tiles were recovered and new ones were made following their mold, copying, even, the seal of the French brand. An important detail was to recover the colorful design of mosaics that adorned one of the upper towers: the few original pieces were dismantled and restored one by one in a workshop.
The architect Augusta Pastor joined the project to collaborate with the choice of finishes and take care of the interior design. “Some plans were drawn and some ideas were expressed, but the interior design was defined at the moment, with what was being found and seeing how it was better in the place”, explains Pastor. The architect did not come with a style or a fixed idea of what she was looking for, and she let the house ask for it. However, it was clear that all architectural style is flexible, and even more, that should be the premise of this project: “Being a house of this nature, it would not have been good to choose only for antique furniture,” says Pastor. “In the mix with modern and contemporary pieces is success. Also, it was important that the house does not look like an Italian palace. ” The rooms are characterized by having beautiful old pieces recovered, and also much more current and clean furniture and accessories. The most important part of the interior design project has been in the search for objects that took a year and a half. Even so, some details are missing, Pastor reveals. The space will know how to wait for it. This house understands the value of time.