Architectural Recovery of the Building


The Plazuela del Carbón de Suites tourist apartments are located in a magnificent building from the early nineteenth century. Located in the heart of the San Carlos neighborhood of the city of Cádiz , in the Plaza de España de Cádiz, one of the most emblematic of the Cádiz capital, close to the port, the area houses unique buildings such as the Casa de las Cuatro Torres, It is actually a harmonious ensemble made up of four houses, built between 1736 and 1745 . The House of the Five Towers, which were built around 1771, are in the Baroque style, transitioning to the neoclassical , the Old Customs building and the Monument to the Constitution of 1812 erected in 1912, the work of the architect Modesto López Otero and the sculptor Aniceto Marinas, to commemorate the Constitution of 1812 .

The building is included in the Catalog of Architectural Heritage of the Cádiz City Council, Historical Residential Architecture, with the number AVH2-12-2368403 :


- Typology: Bourgeois House
- Description: Building with the typology of a bourgeois house, with a central rectangular main patio, with an open gallery on 4 sides, with a four-section staircase. The façade has 12 compositional axes, a lateral house-door or differentiated high floors. It has a lookout tower. Tower in facade is of later construction.
- Catalog / Sub-catalog: Architectural Heritage / Buildings
- Category: Residence / Historical Architecture
- Architectural Protection: Protection Degree 2-Preferential



It deals with the reform of the Finca located in the Plaza de España nº 15 in Cádiz for the adaptation of 18 Tourist Apartments and a Commercial Premises on the ground floor.

The commission of the drafting of the Project is carried out by Mr. Joaquín Anglada Rodríguez on behalf of the Property of the Finca Motores Cádiz SA to the Architecture Studio Vilches Arquitectos SLP.

The Cadastral Reference of the Parcel that occupies the 15th Plaza de España Estate in Cádiz is 2368403QA4426G0001BI.

Promoter: Mr. Joaquín Anglada Rodríguez, representing Motores Cádiz SA, Address: Calle Prolongación calle Algeciras s / n 11001 Cádiz, CIF: A-11012572


VILCHES ARQUITECTOS SLP - Technicians Appointed by Vilches Arquitectos SLP:

- Guillermo Vilches Cocoví Collegiate Architect No. 48, Official College of Architects of Cádiz
- Paula Vilches Rodríguez Collegiate Architect No. 552, Official College of Architects of Cádiz.
- Technical Architect: Diego Álvarez Lozano collegiate nº 2443 in the College of Technical Architects of Cádiz.

It deals with the interior adaptation of a Grade 2 protection farm according to the PGOU of Cádiz. It has three facades, the main one facing the Plaza de España, lateral to Rafael de la Viesca and rear to Dr. Zurita, with a height of 4 floors and a tower that reaches the main façade overlooking the Plaza de España and the rear façade. from Dr. Zurita street.

The Ground Floor develops the entrance portal that gives access to the main staircase of the Finca and a commercial premises that had a bank office use with a total occupation of the floor including the main patio. The three standard floors have been used as offices around the main courtyard, although they are currently unoccupied. On the roof there is a castle that covers the main staircase and the elevator machinery with a partial façade to the Plaza de España and the back street Zurita.   


The Interior Adaptation of the Estate is proposed, eliminating the occupation of the commercial premises of the Main Patio, thus leaving it free in all its height and covered by the current montera that will be restored. Likewise, the addition to the castle on the main facade of the Plaza de España will be eliminated. As with the change of location of the elevator it is necessary to cover this area on the roof, it is proposed to complete this volume in the rear area, more suitable for the view from the Plaza de España, and thus repeating the scheme of the rear façade of the adjoining properties.

The Project included in this document and which is explained in this report and in the attached plans, consists of the Interior Reform of the current Building with the transformation of the Offices of the upper floors and the total Commercial Premises of the Ground Floor to a new Building of 18 Tourist Apartments with maintenance by a Tour Operator and a Local on the corner of Plaza de España with calle Rafael de la Viesca, whose distribution guarantees the minimum habitability conditions required by the applicable Regulations of the Ministry of Tourism of the Junta de Andalucía, the PGOU of Cádiz and the CTE. The Ground Floor maintains the main entrance to the Finca through the same current hole, with direct access to the main staircase and the central Patio, from which the glass cover that currently supposes a Patio occupation is eliminated, thus opening in all His height. The current location of the elevator is modified to enter from the same central patio where two Apartments are located, one of them adapted for the disabled. On this same ground floor a Commercial Premises is located on the corner in the front area with a facade to the Plaza de España. On the First, Second and Third Floors, 5 Apartments are projected around the Main Patio and through its Gallery, 4 of them with one bedroom and one Studio type. As the Plants are of different dimensions due to the width of the load-bearing walls of the Estate, all the Plants are presented with their levels and surfaces in the different Apartments. In the Gallery of each of these floors a small service office is projected for the apartments.

A one-bedroom apartment is projected on the roof of the building, completing the volume of the current staircase and the new projected elevator, thus leaving a building set back from the facades to the Plaza de España and Rafael de la Viesca street and completing the elevation of the back street, eliminating the volume that appears in the Plaza de España. There is therefore a building with 5 floors facing Dr. Zurita street that maintains the height of the neighboring farms. In short, with the Interior Reform of the current Farm proposed by this Project, 18 Tourist Apartments are obtained that will be run and maintained by a Tour Operator and a Commercial Premises. The set of Apartments would be 1 with two bedrooms, 9 with one bedroom and 8 Studios. As for the treatment of the Facade, since it is in very good condition including its carpentry, only a treatment for the conservation of oyster stone is proposed on the first two floors and a treatment of new breathable white paint on the upper floors.


The farm is classified in the PGOU of Cádiz, within the Ordinance Area "Manzana, Historic Center". Building planned for residential use. It has all the urban services.

According to current planning, PGOU de Cádiz has an individualized file for Historic Residential Architecture AVH2-012-2368403. It describes the property and its cataloging and Protection of the Building with Grade 2-Preferred. All the elements that the file describes will be preserved, such as covers, fences, corner guards, and cap.

The 4 floors of the Building will be maintained and the roof plan will be modified as the added volume will be moved from the Plaza de España to the back street Dr. Zurita. Likewise, the minimum area of the Apartment will be kept as required in the PGOU of 32 m² useful.

It complies with the Decree of the Junta de Andalucía 194/2010 of Tourist Establishments in all its articles.


At the end of the 17th century the tonnage of the ships of the Race of the Indies had grown, and the climb up the Guadalquivir to Seville had become a problem for the Crown, with all the shipping and administrative activity of the trade with America passing to Cádiz.
Chargers of the Indies of the 18th and 19th centuries, installed in the Cadiz capital, such as Colarte, Chancel, La Saleta, Laforé, Genet, Condollini, Danglade, Lila, Wint, Panés or Recaño, mostly Portuguese, Genoese, Venetian, English , Dutch, Basques and French, with great interests in Northern Europe, will turn the city into an emporium of wealth and commercial activity, when the Casa de la Contratación and the Consulado de Mercaderes moved to Cádiz (1717).
Sheltered from business, the city was spurred by remarkable population growth. The appearance of the city changes radically, reflecting the changing architectural tastes of the time in its palace houses, stables and churches.
To serve as a home for the wealthy bourgeois class, in what today are the surroundings of the Plaza de España, a set of slender buildings with viewpoints were built, such as the Cuatro Torres and Las Cinco, and the Casas de la Plazuela del Carbon, notorious examples of the prevailing neoclassicism.
Cádiz begins to rise above the white farmhouse, with an infinity of three- and four-story manor houses. They are occupied by the wealthy shipowners with their family, servants, and merchandise, encouraged by the generous economic benefits. Carrara marbles, mahogany and silver proliferate, enriching Cadiz's mansions and churches with images, luxury objects and silverware.
Although for several decades it only talked about trade and money, the merchant and shipping man, the Count of the Park, helped the city's exorbitant by building a stately home in Plazuela del Carbón, now converted into a hotel establishment. At that time, he had been appointed Count by the Crown, for his great services to Spain, joining the aristocratic nobility of Cadiz.
The enterprising Count of the Park, after buying the current plots, builds buildings throughout that block and surrounding areas, which would later become Don Juan de Mera, forming part of the Plaza de España (first third of the 20th century) and the neoclassical building of Customs, today Provincial Council.
The builder count also carried out other housing projects in the Plaza de San Juan de Dios, which he converted into warehouses for colonial products, such as the one called "Los Pabellones".
The aforementioned Count of the Park, owner and promoter of the building, was an active personality of the time and the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries of Cádiz cannot be understood without his commercial contributions and his outstanding constructions.