This house is like a real supermodel. High, delicious and surprisingly thin
There are exciting things on the architecture front in Spain.
And it is not just the capital Madrid that sees the fruits of the development of exciting design. In Barcelona, the city of the artists and the bohemians, a house has been built that is so cool that it takes on height and style what it is missing.
In the heart of one of Barcelona’s oldest districts, where architecture is generally characterized by small plots and compact houses, this particular house is simply clamped between two other houses.
The house, measuring less than 3.7 meters in width, is the narrowest in the neighborhood and extends from a street on one side all the way to the parallel street opposite the house. The land, which is now used to the maximum, was long and thin 3.7 meters wide and 25 meters long.
The Ferrolan LAB architects took the challenge of creating a family home on this long narrow plot in the heart of the metropolis of Barcelona. The owners also had the following guidelines to the architects. They wanted:
1. As much natural light as possible throughout the house.
2. Living rooms that gave the impression of openliness and review throughout the house, and that the whole building would give an illusion of light and air even though the goals and surroundings of the house featured something else.
The first thing they did room for was a courtyard in the middle of the building, which makes the rooms seem open and airy and provide access to the house.
– Our goal was to turn negative to positive, says Jordi Antonijoan Roset at Ferrolan LAB.
The factors that all pointed out were going to be difficult or impossible, we would turn into what would be special with this house.
The most important factor that laid guidelines for everything else when it came to designing the house was light. How to make sure that the house would not be felt as cramped and dark, but instead somewhere the light broke in and made the house feel bigger.
The solution for the architects was heightened.
-We decided to find out how we could utilize the vertical benefits of the plot, “Antonijoan Roset continues.
-How we could add more floors so that all the specifications for which room the family wanted could be met.
The ground floor, ie the ground level of the house, contains a home theater and a garage. Then, on the mezzanine, two rooms are tied together by a home office / family room, which opens onto the courtyard / garden.
On the second floor you will find enough internal courtyard. On one side, the living room is located, and at the end of the courtyard you find the kitchen, which can be opened so that in summer it functions like a kind of terrace.
On the third floor is the house’s bedroom and bathroom, and finally a roof terrace with its own swimming pool.
The rooms are distributed through the house in a way that does not seem to work either a little or less. Large open surfaces and the courtyard in the middle of the house make the structure almost slightly transparent. The owners wanted a flexible house where you could define how the rooms were to be used. and there is little doubt that they have now got it.
Short sides / facades of both houses, facing each street, have doors that open straight out, which in turn makes the sense of light and air increase.
Thanks to the courtyard in the middle and not least the roof terrace you can see blue skies from almost every room in the house. Nevertheless, the living rooms are quiet and sheltered from the noise and the noise of the city.
The materials choices also say a little about how the rooms are used and how the house is connected to the surroundings.
Wood, natural stone and warm colors and wallpaper make the living rooms warm and comfortable. As you approach the outdoors, the decor is stripped back to more raw materials. Glass, steel, iron and white paint have been used to achieve the greatest clarity, light and air.
Sources: Fastcodesign.com and archdaily.com
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