Project: Geometry, skin and luminosity. A home in the center of Valencia
Date: September 2015 Place: Valencia
These were the keys used in this Project to transform a conventional home into a singular space and suitable to the owner’s life.
From a very irregular floor plan, almost triangular, with a common aisle distribution with a corridor, We developed a Project based on geometrical games that come from the own intention to order the space; the original difficulty itself was the one that made us develop those shapes that give personality to the home.
As we are talking about a total remodeling, it gave us the opportunity to arrange the house and reconsider it from zero. Our aim was to créate three completely separate spaces; a common space that includes living-room/ dining room /kitchen, and two intimate spaces, a main suite that includes bedroom, dressing room and bathroom; and another suite, in this case for a teenager, with her bathroom and a study room annexed to the bedroom, and a Little terrace.
We designed the kitchen access in order to separate a visual semipermeable protection, which enclosed the space providing a sensation of bigger privacy and intimacy strengthened also for the light that emerges from the base.
The kitchen seems like the heart of the house, but with a discreet appereance at the same time. The island emerges from the floor, with the same ceramic material as the floor, on the working surface where the hob is integrated as well as on the side panels that are the same width as the tile size.
The idea was that the same Surface went over the space supporting the basic necesities of the house, walking, handling foodstuffs, having a shower… achieving a continuity between vertical and horizontal surfaces, visual as well as tactile.
Searching for this continuity, in the Surface constitution as well as in the size of the pieces, we found the possibility of working with the big size porcelanic (360cm x 120cm) that Neolith offered that suits our idea perfectly.
So, the touch and protection of the different surfaces was very important. Everything we touch or that touches us has to produce pleasant sensations, adapting easily to the season (we live in the Mediterranean and the feel of the ceramic floor directly with feet is a pleasure). On the other hand, the color of the porcelanic chosen was a light off-white that provides the luminosity the house needed due to the fact that it is located on a first floor, in this way the small quantity of light that comes in has an impaco on the floor and it is projected in the space, multiplicating it.
Another resource used was to compensate the size of the bathroom with a retro-iluminated ceiling and a mirror covering just the main Wall.
On the other hand, the importance we gave the wáter in our projects, mentioning that the taps installed in the whole house are from Grohe; in the bathroom we chose the Veris model, with the Rainshower F for the showers, combined with the handshower ICON- strawberry pink in one, and Rainshoer Solo model in the other one. In the same way, the toilets and bidets are from Noken.
In the Kitchen, GROHE Blue Minta, with the purifier filter, that doesn’t need an osmosis device instalation to obtain wáter of very good quality.