Master Thesis Project

Artisan Community

Rethinking an abandoned village for wood craftsmen in Bujalcayado, Spain.

Bujalcayado is a town located 13km from Sigüenza, in the province of Guadalajara, at the northern end of Castilla La Mancha. It is located on the southern slope of the homonymous mountain range. The town accommodated about 70 inhabitants who lived from agriculture, livestock and as workers in the nearby salt flats.

Currently the town is abandoned and in ruins.

A new community of wood craftsmen is installed in the village, creating a reference point for the area.



The new artisans want the influx of visitors to be the maximum possible in the town, so Bujalcayado turns to the visitor through an inversion of public and private space. The interior of the ruins is treated and leveled to become the new public space while the workshops and homes are placed in between the ruins (what used to be the streets) to gain public space.

Thesis Model

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The following video explains how the project is fitted into the ruins of the existing abandoned town.

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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Alison

    Hello, could i ask you what your line weight settings are usually? I love the drawings! it seems like they almost float out of the page 🙂 thanks so much for sharing!!

    1. Isabel

      Hi Alison, thank you so much! I did this many years ago and since then I have stopped using this particular CAD software (this was done in AutoCAD), but if I remember correctly it was all mostly 0,5 with different greys / some colour and 0,13. Hope this helps! 🙂

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