Valencia 2006 area 910 m²
Set in Valencia’s historic center, this contemporary building emerges quietly, although completely integrated to the urban plot and to the whole setting typology. The building searches to be part of the historical center unit.
The design has been developed subject to the protected patrimonial setting conditions, including the old building preservation of pre-existing ashlar stone elements that form the corner.
The plan has an irregular polygonal shape, and rests on two streets. With the aim of freeing the most of the central space of the plant, it was decided to concentrate structural supports on the perimeter, so that the space remains open and fluid, making different uses of the different plants.
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The handrails and balconies have been materialized as light metallic galvanized steel sheets that emerge horizontally from the wall, contrasting with its strength.
Large spaces allow the wall to open the studio-apartment fully outward, which is eye catching in an historical center scenery. The gaps in the ground floor are distinguished from the rest because of its dimension and its enclosure system. Downstairs a system of motorized vertical slats are available, while the upper floors have sliding horizontal slats, which’s shutters are hidden in the walls.
Inspired by the traditional studio apartment, the building accommodates two spaces one for work and the other space that functions as the house.
The attic floor is enclosed in an L shaped form, completed over the entire length of the facades. Large sliding glass panels allow the opening of the corner, turning the room into a large covered porch.
The strong width front wall gives a structural answer and unifies all the buildings constructive elements needed. This wall generates a container where we modelled a fluid internal and lighted volume. By concentrating the structural support in the perimeter, the space is open and fluid.
Inside, a bare interior design “white on white” which enhances the cleanliness of the transparent and giving all the attention to the light.
All the interior design and furniture has been designed by Ramon Esteve Studio specifically for this project. The artificial lighting is integrated in the architecture and furniture.
The natural lighting is an essential part of this project. For this reason, a patio is inserted in the inmost zone of the building, in a way that the basement is accounted with natural light and ventilation. All the gaps are modeled with a dimming system that allows you to adjust the sunlight according to the needs of each moment.
The delicate play of light and shadows that project the features of the lattice wooden blinds fill the magical spaces every morning.
The interior of the studio apartment is predominantly white, seeking to enhance the illumination. The materials are presented in a way true to their nature: for the flooring a large stone of Ulldecona is used; solid wood of afrormosía for the plank systems and terrace flooring; galvanized steel for the woodwork window frames and practicable lattices.