12 Stone-Clad Interiors That Incorporate the Perfect Touch of Texture

From restored chapels and farmhouses in Spain to a midcentury revival in San Diego, these elegant living spaces showcase why stone cladding rocks.
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Natural stone has been used as a building material for centuries, not just because of its visual characteristics, but also because of its durability and versatility—the organic material can take on a range of shapes and sizes, and can be finished in a variety of ways, too. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite projects that prove stone cladding isn’t only stunning on a home’s exterior.

A Creative Family Turn an Old Spanish Farmhouse Into an Incredible Live/Work and Exhibition Space

Catalan painter Adalina Coromines, designer Joan Lao, and their daughter, designer Africa Lao After, restored a 17th-century farmhouse in the Baix Empordà region of Spain to include reception spaces, meeting rooms, art and design exhibition galleries,  and experimental rooms, in addition to everyday living spaces. The renovation of the 2,625-square-foot building restored many of its original materials, including the natural stone walls and floors.

In the medieval village of Trequanda in Tuscany, Italy, Archiplan Studio restored and transformed a historic stone building into a 367-square-foot countryside retreat called Casa Effegi.

Barcelona-based architecture firm Acabadomate rehabilitated this abandoned 1894 farmhouse in the rolling hills of Catalonia’s Alt Urgell region. Inside the 2,100-square-foot residence, the original stone walls and wooden ceiling beams were cleaned and restored to their natural finish. 

Mar Plus Ask architects Mar Vicens Fuster and Ask Anker Aistrup built the Olive Houses—a set of 260-square-foot homes that function as a year-round retreat for architects, artists, and writers—on a rocky landscape in Mallorca, Spain. The duo incorporated stone masonry into the interiors so that the buildings appear to have always existed on the site.

Homeowner and interior designer Julie Crosby worked with developer Soheil Nakhshab to infuse a rundown midcentury property in the coastal Del Mar neighborhood of San Diego with natural materials and pops of color. 

Architect Carles Oliver rehabbed an old, empty building in the Spanish city of Palma over the course of three years. While the majority of the $21,000 budget went toward improving the home’s energy efficiency, the rest was spent on removing layers of architecture to reveal the original construction, including the stone-clad walls and wooden ceilings.

In the medieval city of Girona, Catalonia, architect Anna Noguera converted a 16th-century townhouse into a five-bedroom holiday rental. The Barcelona-based architect complimented the original stone, oak, and terracotta interiors with sleek materials including steel and concrete.

Architect Carlos Garmendia and homeowner Tas Careaga spent three years reviving this 16th-century Basque church near Bilbao, Spain, that had been abandoned since the late 1970s. The architect’s mission was to preserve the original building without hiding the effects of time, while Tas wanted a functional space for living, working, and entertaining. The two friends landed on a design that maintained as much of the ancient stone structure as possible.

Architects Henkin Irit and Shavit Zohar preserved the shell of this 18th-century stone residence in the old city of Safed, Israel, while introducing contemporary elements such as concrete, steel, wood, and glass to the interior. A steel-and-wood bridge connects the private wings of the home, which consist of bedrooms, bathrooms, and working spaces for the residents.

Architect Mariana de Delás converted a crumbling motorcycle repair shop into a two-bedroom apartment in the city of Palma on the island of Mallorca in Spain. The architect pared back the material palette throughout the 990-square-foot home in order to highlight the traditional Mallorcan limestone used for the shell of the building.

This revamped English estate by London-based architect Amin Taha is situated on five acres of natural gardens in the Cornwall countryside. The most dramatic space in the six-bedroom main house is the dining area, which features a soaring, pitched ceiling and exposed stone walls.

Designed by award-winning Auckland architect Andrew Patterson, this remote, one-bedroom house is one of four holiday rentals on Annandale, a coastal farm estate on the Banks Peninsula in New Zealand’s South Island. Constructed predominantly with locally quarried stone, steel, and poured concrete, the horizontal outline of the property harmonizes with its rugged surroundings.




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