This penthouse was purchased by an English couple to enjoy their occasional trips to Spain. The challenge was to transform this former office space with a privileged location in Plaza de Catalonia, in a weekend apartment with the amenities expected of a luxury hotel.
The design has sought to detail that would always find the perfect apartment, with large storage space, preferably indoors, where everything had its place. The result is a comfortable and sophisticated with all the advances in safety technology, automation, audio, video or climate.
Being a small flat and elongated, has tried to eliminate the boundaries of space by replacing the partitions by moving parts, allowing a visual journey unlimited, and at the same time increasing the functionality of each area.
The core of the housing is formed by a continuous cabinet made of elm wood stained piece that serves as longitunalidad strengthens and acts as the separator between public and private areas.
This furniture longitudinal housing runs from the kitchen to the master bedroom on one side and from the child’s bedroom to the master bathroom on the other side. The cabinet hides the large kitchen appliances, office and removable piano room, the wardrobe in the hall, the audio and video of the room, the closets of the bedrooms and main bathroom television.
The kitchen layout has been designed primarily as a social point of space and as head of the environment, so the concept of cooking varies from other homes, as this should arise from the general concept of space and not from the widespread idea kitchen. The house is on one end of space, and forms a joint front wall and an island.
The furnishings are extra wide module, with fronts without handles and countertops and dashboards in sandstone and polished. The entire complex has a three-dimensional modulation and a set of significant outstanding features in perspective.
The furniture in the rest of the house is made of MDF, lacquered in the same tone ivory walls, so as not overshadowed the main parts. In the master bedroom furniture ivory houses a large storage area and recessed television. At the same time serves to correct the open angle at the corner of the bedroom.
The project includes a complex installation that greatly facilitate the lives of their owners, providing automation and audio and video connections, ensuring maximum safety and comfort.
The house features a recirculation hot water to ensure the immediate departure of hot water on demand. Furthermore the water supply is filtered by a softening equipment to remove the lime content and avoid its disadvantages such as the spots on glass or fittings.
All equipment and electrical components of the roof are connected to a central facility for EIB home automation by European standards, scalable and reprogrammed at will. Two touch screens are central interface to control all components regulated by a system that can be observed and adjusted from any phone, PDA or computer, can perform any action in the distance.
In addition, housing is protected by various security barriers. Motion detectors, infrared cameras, magnetic contacts, glass break sensors, alarm connected to police headquarters, surveillance cameras …
The project has been carried out by YLAB:: Yuste Laarmann Bcna Architects, an architecture of Spanish-German origin. After extensive experience working with major international studies such as Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Norman Foster and Jean Nouvel, YLAB moved to Spain and founded his studio in Barcelona in 2003. Since then YLAB working on the design, management, and housing reform to new buildings.
Interior: YLAB (Yuste Laarmann Bcna Architects)
Photographer: Eugeni Pons
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