The house where the painter Pierre Soulages was born, located halfway between the Soulages Museum, devoted to his work, and the cathedral of Rodez, occupies a small building between party walls with three levels plus basement and attic. The house is empty now, but it will become a center for temporary artistic workshops. The refurbishment project, aside from recovering the structure’s original character by repairing the walls and facade windows, maintains the global image of the building so that the whole of it can be used, beyond the strict division into levels. To achieve this, the project proposes removing most of the interior partitions, creating diaphanous spaces in each floor so that they can be used flexibly as workshops. The recovery of the attic includes the refurbishment of the roof to preserve its form and essential features; however, because this space is very different from the rest, it is given a more artistic treatment, with the insertion of elements such as the skylight inspired in the stained glass windows that Soulages himself designed for the abbey in Conques. The vaulted spaces of the basement, which are isolated and have a scenographic character, become audiovisual and exhibition rooms.
B. Fernández, J. L. Villar, S. Prattes