On the edge of a green ravine in Spain’s northern Basque country, the Chapel House was a crumbling, 16th-century church when the current owner, Tas Careaga, bought it and enlisted his friend, architect Carlos Garmendia, to turn it into a contemporary home. The structure had been abandoned since the late 1970s, and the renovation would take three years, ultimately landing in the pages of Dwell.
"[Tas] has done a breathtaking job of blending Renaissance and modern aesthetics, creating a thoroughly contemporary living space with an exalted and meditative atmosphere," says listing agent Ana Vela. "This is a truly unique home that will captivate artists and art-lovers alike."
For Garmendia, the project was not just a restoration, but also an opportunity to "show that ruins can have value." His strategic design accommodates a modern lifestyle while preserving the old building and showcasing the effects of time. Measuring 2,150 square feet, the home features spacious living areas underneath the original, 40-foot ceiling vault.
The more private areas of the home—including the bedroom, office, and two full bathrooms—are integrated into the two-story loft, which Garmendia describes as "new architecture implanted into old." Outside, a thriving garden awaits, as well as several designated spaces to gather and enjoy the natural surroundings.
With another creative project now in the works, the current owner is seeking to hand over the keys to Chapel House. The sale price also includes a small collection of art and furniture amassed throughout the last 10 years.
Chapel House is currently listed for €1,600,000 (approximately $1,942,208 USD) by Ana Vela & Ramón Amat, co-founders of The Singular Space.
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