Peixoto House | Erbalunga Estudio

Peixoto House located in Tui, Spain.

It was designed by Erbalunga Studio.

Description by Erbalunga Studio:

The owners of this house were not reflected in the layout of their old apartment. Small consecutive spaces, arranged longitudinally along a corridor that gave them access to the various uses and rooms. An overly simple and inefficient structure for a contemporary dwelling.

From the beginning, multipurpose spaces were created and with scope for new possibilities. It was necessary to flee from a totally closed and without freedom, that prevented the appearance of new habits, hobbies, activities or ways of thinking.

 The kitchen, dining room, living room or work area were articulated in a single space separated from the most private areas of the house.

 A simple, clean, and unconventional design, helps this large space is the engine and generator of life in this apartment. A great space that can be transformed and be what their owners need in every moment.

 In addition, the layout of the longitudinal route is broken generating a zig-zag path that leads diagonally to the guests from the most public to the most private zone establishing relationships between the different uses of the house.

 It is a house in which the square meters of all the rooms recover their value and efficiency, forming part of an atmosphere of space and light, the true luxury of an urban dwelling.

Design Office: Erbalunga Studio
: Tui, Spain
Area: 70,00 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Iván Casal Nieto

House of Mirrors | Nook Architects


Description by Nook Architects:

The projects we have done so far have had very centric locations within the city of Barcelona:  Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Gràcia, Poble Nou… This time, however, it was at the centre of it all. Located in Plaça Catalunya, the first thing we did was to look out from the generous balcony doors to the urban sights outside, from a very privileged location on one of the building’s top floors. It was then that we knew that the day zones were to be located towards these valuable openings to the city’s frenetic rhythm.

 The customer, amazed by Barcelona’s centre, had a very clear distribution in mind.  He wanted a spacious dwelling for him as the main occupant during his occasional visits to the city and for hosting his guests.  The kitchen had to be at the centre of it all, serving as a meeting point- more of a gastro bar than a family kitchen.  It also had to be complemented by wine cellar for more than 600 bottles.

 The intervention began by allocating the living room on the outermost space, between the facade and first load-bearing wall, and we blended it with the next space towards the interior.  These two spaces were originally separated by a load-bearing wall, which we partially brought down to create two large openings that help bring together both spaces. All of the daytime activities occur on 61 m2 out of the total 118 m2, leaving the rest of the rooms to be adjacent to the building’s two patios. The main bedroom, with an in-suite bath, is close to the entry and opens to the more intimate patio.  The bathtub and vanity blend with the bedroom and large closet separates it from the hallway.  Further down the hall a guest bathroom was allocated with the guest bedroom just in front of it, which opens up to the building’s main staircase’s atrium.  Adjacent to the guest bedroom and with direct access to the kitchen is the wine cellar, which includes a wooden wine rack and a wine cooler.

 There was a great amount of windows for a distribution with such a small amount of rooms.  The apartment has 10 openings to the exterior, including windows and balcony doors.  To increase the presence of these openings and to multiply their presence we used mirrors to highlight the architecture of the beginning of the previous century.  In the hallway, which has 3 generous windows overlooking the building’s atrium, we placed very large mirrored panels to multiply the views of these windows and to give the space a more diaphanous character.  Such is the same with the remaining section of the load-bearing wall that was brought down, which disappears on single, vertical mirror.  In this case, the mirror dissolves the wall, bringing the attention to the two balcony doors and allows the cook to control the shelves behind him while he entertain his guests.

 The high ceilings allowed us to place horizontal windows that bring in light to the darkest areas of the apartment, making every space more airy without compromising privacy.

 When it comes to materials, the project recuperated the original features, such as the vaulted, ceramic slabs and iron beams in the ceilings.  The rest are noble materials (wood, granite, steel and glass), all in neutral tones with the exception of the granite used in the kitchen and bathrooms.  The Stromboli granite adopts a strong role within the space with its dark, black setting for its golden streaks, which contrasts heavily to the light tones of the hexagonal hydraulic pavement, typical of the Eixample.

 Contemporary and warm finishes highlight the original envelope, which is only altered to bring back a spirit more honest to the building’s tectonics and to allow it to evolve to today’s standard of comfort and living style.

Design Office: Nook Architects

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Photographs: Nieve

Apartment in Spain | Rubio and Ros

Description by Rubio and Ros:

In the studio we thought about an open space where a light iron folded sheet replace the massive volume of the existing staircase, serving as a basis for redistributing the entire house. The starting point was to make the ladder a special object, a key element that does not interrupt the space, an element that would dialogue with the space and shares with it a discreet role. The ladder becomes thus the leitmotif, dividing into two floors the 177 m2 of this house situated into a building from the early twentieth century, in the neighborhood of La Seu. The house has marvellous views of the historical city center of Valencia from the two terraces.

As far as the realization of the Project is concerned , we have used noble materials such as hardwood, Encaustic tiles (designed by Rubio and Ros especially for the occasion and produced by Enticdesigns), European walnut, brass, glass or wool and silk carpets. The timber cover the space, providing content and density. Its shell and solid presence is balanced with elements of lighter shades. The visual structure of the atmosphere is completed by the brightness of the vertical array of hexagons made in delicate brass; The right expression for a low ambient light space.

The good harmony with the clients allows the studio to evaluate the results: when they come to Valencia, the interior designers Isabel Rubio and Ros Amparo tend to meet them, so they can see how they strengthen its relationship with the housing and the way the house is adjusting itself as a piece of tailor. “You can not always be witness to how the materials and spaces develope and, let’s face it, not always the evolution of the use is positive. In this case, it is undoubtedly. The patina on the brass rail manifests this life: the clients inhabiting.

Design Office: Rubio and Ros

Location: Valencia, Spain

Photographs: Asier Rua




Location: Granollers, Spain

Photographs: Adria Goula

Casa 1+1=1 | Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

Description by Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture:

The design of these two semi detached houses is addressed in a non-conventional way. Although the program for both houses is identical, the layout is not symmetrical. From the beginning the two units were conceived as one single project. Not only does the project answer to the clients needs, but it also offers the possibility of being transformed into one single house, envisaging a wider range of scenarios for its future use.

Although the house is located on a slope, oriented to the south, with many rocky outcrops and is called “los Peñascales” – rocky area in Spanish- the building does not relate to them, it turns its back to the immediate surroundings and rather interacts with the distant Pardo forest and with Madrid´s skyline. In my opinion, this is the key decision of the project, from which the rest derives.

The house somehow denies the surroundings and the abrupt topography of the site by delicately leaning on the rocks with a large horizontal plane that defines the footprint of the building. This noble plane, where the daily life goes on, is covered by a floor made with white calcareus stone.

Once this reference level has been established, the house is organized in two independent parts. Underneath are located the service uses and the car parking, and above the living area of the house. The entrance to the house appears between these two different worlds, through an almost hidden stair, situated around a huge rock.

One single volume houses the rest of the program. It is a hermetic, horizontal prism related to the “footprint plane” in its placement, shape and dimension. Here is where the rest of the program like bedrooms, a little toilet and the main bathroom is organized as well as the zones destined to the study. Against the hillside, the almost hanging concrete box leaves underneath the necessary height for the ground floor to be protected from the sun while preserving the views to the horizon.

A unique bay window located at 1,40 meter of height allows to trim the skyline of the landscape and uniformly illuminates the concrete ceiling. The horizontal void that runs almost through the whole building brings natural light into the first floor, allowing the sun to enter diagonally into the ground floor through the central double height. The independence of levels is only interrupted by double heights that put in relation both spaces described previously.

The objects of the house are clustered and related to one another in such way that in the ground floor, the furniture is reduced to one single element that has very different functions: storage, kitchen, sitting area and entrance windbreak. In the first floor, all the wardrobes are concentrated in one single strip that is attached to the façade, improving the thermal behavior of the building and therefore reducing its energy consumption.

This house hosts two dwelling units, but lacks of house scale. It uses the abstraction of the traditional dwelling elements to mislead the visitor and to attract his attention to specificity of the environment.

Design Office: Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

Location: Torrelodones, Spain


Workspace | Masquespacio

Description by Masquespacio:

The design from Masquespacio’s workspace starts with the redesign of the design studio’s brand image set up on one hand by its logotype and on the other by its icon ‘Mas’, better known as ‘More’ in English. The letter ‘S’ in this case divides each of the graphic applications in two dif-ferent parts; a division that symbolizes the added value offered by the creative consultancy in each of its projects. Regarding to the colour election of the brand, it allows to play continuously with the various brand’s colours and choose the most “trendy” colour for each moment and project. This fact shows clearly the versatile nature from Masquespacio as a multidisciplinary design studio that works both on commercial as well as exclusive projects. The same concept is used for the interior design that plays with the different colours and partitions from the brand’s identity.

Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, creative director of Masquespacio: “Although it is a working space every moment we looked to incorporate decorative elements, besides vivid colours and upholstered furniture with the aim to create a warm atmosphere above just designing a place to work at.”

Entering the space, we meet a waiting room that at the same time do its job for more casual meetings and includes Masquespacio’s recently designed Toadstool collection. The right space on the other hand is di-vided in 2 different areas; Here we can encounter a meeting room, as well as the senior designer workplaces, separated as 2 individual cubes. The upper room at the same time follows Masquespacio’s identity palette of colours and finishes.

Last but not least some plants add a green touch to the working space from the Spanish design studio.


Design Office: Masquespacio

Location: Valencia, Spain

Photographs:Bruno Almela



Contemporary Apartment | Molins Interiors

Design Office: Molins Interiors

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Photographs: Jordi Miralles

House in Spain | JUMA Architects

Description by JUMA Architects:

Belgian clients commissioned JUMA architects to design a holiday home in Spain. The site is characterized by a dense growth of pine trees and a slope overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.

JUMA, who consider it a privilege to build in this unique context, have naturally opted to preserve as many trees as possible in order to make maximum use of the natural available shade.

In the design, a stairway is placed along the driveway that descends right to the entrance. In this way, JUMA makes full use of the slope of the terrain, bringing the first floor up to the level of the street. The bedrooms, all of which feature large window sections, are located on the first floor. To prevent overheating, these windows are equipped with blinds made up of fine vertical wooden slats.

The L-shaped floor plan is entirely oriented to the side that offers the most spectacular views. The main volume of the L-shape houses the kitchen, while the other volume contains the seating area. In this way, both spaces embrace the terraces and provide privacy from the neighbours. The terraces follow the natural slope of the terrain; as playful surfaces they ultimately lead to the green-blue infinity pool.

The architecture is defined by a play of horizontal lines, formed by various overlapping canopies. In some places, the canopies are provided with perforations, creating compelling variations of natural light. In terms of materials, JUMA’s design features a combination of white, smooth plaster with a rough local stone quarried from the area.

Design Office: JUMA Architects

Location: Spain

Modern Residence in Spain | Marc Canut

Design Office: Marc Canut

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Photographs – 3D architectural renders: Marc Canut


GM Apartment in Spain | Onside

Description by Onside:
Spanish studio onside, formed by architects Carlos Balada and Carlos Bonet, planed the refurbishment and interior design of an apartment placed in “El Ensanche” district of Valencia. The preliminary design of this apartment, received in 2013 the Valencia CREA Award, to recognize the work of young artists in the Interior Design category | Ciudad de Valencia Award.
It is a five members family: a couple with two kids and a teenager. Its expected to improve an apartment reformed less than ten years ago which presented important storage problems, incoherent circulations, absence of criterion, dark spaces without natural ventilation and incorrect mixture of uses.
We put all the needs together in two groups, on the one hand server elements are attached along the perimeter, and on the other, central storage spaces order and distribute a continuous space characterized by the visual plainness, where each cm has an assigned function.
Due to the solution adopted are achieved open and interconnected spaces, more light and ventilation, same material solution in the whole unit, as well as make the most of space, tripling storage and giving new uses to those places without it before, like the corridor, which accommodates a reading space before the library in the public side, and a desk in the private space which has the possibility of isolate itself by the sliding doors.
As a special requirement of the client is maximized the kitchen value as hearth of the house, and meeting point for the family.

Design Office: Onside

Location: Valencia, Spain

Photographs: Alfonso Calza

Loft II in Barcelona | Egue y Seta

Design Office: Egue y Seta

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Duplex in Arnedo | n232 Arquitectura

Description by n232 Arquitectura:

This duplex penthouse is inside a new building located in Arnedo, Spain. The original plan of the dwelling did not comply with the client expectations and the lifestyle of a young couple. After an intensive research and several meetings, the resolution of the architectural challenge was well enough reached.

The spatial solution is not conventional, due to the flip of the floor use found in a traditional duplex. The main access and social area are in the upper level, while the bedrooms and more private zone are in the lower one. Turning upside down the levels not only modifies the use of them, but also changes completely the configuration of the space of each one.

The main access level is where the social life expands. This space adapts seamlessly providing an open concept living room and unifying it with a large wooden deck terrace. A number of elements in this floor are used to give character, while they organize space through its functions: the stairwell divides the kitchen from the living and dining area; a column covered with mirrors gives back polyhedral vision of the place; and finally the black background cupboard that provides different use depending of the space -library, multimedia shelves, wardrobe, electrical cabinet, main door, toilet door, chalkboard.

The lower floor, however, is more protected. A wooden box gives privacy and access to each bedroom and links the two floors with a common space. In this way, this box acts as a heart of the home, a transition zone from public to private, and giving warmth and allowing the transit among the rooms.

The master bedroom functions as a micro apartment, with its own access hall, a resting area, a dressing room, a place for sleeping and watching TV, a balcony and a bathroom generously sized. In contrast with the upper level, the lower one offers an intimate and secluded mood.

Thus, the architectural solution offers its inhabitants a set of contrasts, and in its core, a wooden heart that ties everything together.

Design Office: n232 Arquitectura

Location: Arnedo, La Rioja, Spain

Weave House | A-cero

Description by A-cero:

This house has been designed the distinctive style of the studio managed by Joaquín Torres and Rafael Llamazares architects, according to the design the evolution recent years with more sinuous and organic lines, this single-family house project is located in an exclusive residential area of the Spanish coast.

The property of 1000 sqm (10,764 sqft) is divided into three floors. The basement with the garage, service areas and facilities, the ground floor with the public areas and the first floor where we find the most private rooms such as bedrooms. The whole interior also designed by A-cero has great light with large windows and is connected to the outside with different terraces and porches. There is also a pool on the walkable roof of this house.

The design proposed by A-cero gives strength and subtlety to the whole building. The four facades are different but they follow the same patterns in terms of design. The materials chosen in this case are black glass and white DuPont Corian. Both materials stand out for their high quality and durability and especially in the case of Corian, adapting perfectly to this particular design.

This is a high quality house and the design shows it perfectly by itself. In this house become important the sculptural volumes embracing the building, the construction details between Corian and glass planes and the great plasticity of the facades.

The large plot of this project is located in an elevated position and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The detailed landscaping was also designed by A-cero in relation with the project.

Design Office: A-cero

Location: Spain

Photographs:  Marcos Domingo Sánchez

Victor Pradera | n232 arquitectura

Design Office: n232 arquitectura

Location: Logroño, Spain

Eclectic Residence | Myramar

Design Office: Myramar

Location: Fuengirola, Spain

Photographs: Masfotogenica

El Refugio Inteligente | NOEM

Design Office: NOEM

Location: Castellon de la Plana, Spain

Loft 2 | Planell-Hirsch Oficina de Arquitectura

Description by Planell-Hirsch Oficina de Arquitectura:

The interior design project focuses on an old factory from the industrial era of Barcelona, which was renovated years ago. The building is located in the upcoming district of Poblenou currently undergoing a full urban renewal due to of its proximity to the historic center and the Mediterranean Sea. The historic factory is build in exposed brick with iron structure and vaults, housing unique spaces for their dimensions and heights.

The commission consisted on the conversion of three staged spaces into lofts. First and second floors are devoted for housing and the ground floor for a mixed-use living and working space because of the direct link to the outside: the street courtyard of the old factory. The lofts are considered open and fluid spaces.

The height allows for the creation of mezzanines in the ground and second floor lofts. The space under the new mezzanines houses the kitchen, dining area and toilet. While the living room and office areas are located in the double height spaces. The master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, and a work area are located on the second level, overturning the large loft space.

The staircase connecting the two levels of the loft is conceived as a singular and permeable element avoiding the creation of a visual barrier. In the ground floor loft, the wooden staircase-grandstand is opened to the workspace. In the case of the second floor loft, the design conception is visually lighter.

Natural light fills the loft through large windows. The large loft volume has been preserved to highlight the unique and fluid space while maintaining visual continuity. The space division is accomplished through sliding doors and curtains. White is the predominant color enhancing the natural light from the Mediterranean Sea.

Long curtains with complex textures filter the light adding theatrical value to the space. In order to maximize the amount of light and to open to the Barcelona blue sky, a large skylight that covers the relaxation area and the library was built. Also, a more intimate skylight was placed right above the tub.

The living room is spatially enriched by adding a new horizontal plane. A stage, where the piano is located, extends along the facade as a bench favoring outdoor views from the windows located in the upper position. The living space extends a large continuous area with different environments for leisure and relaxation.

This loft has direct access from the mezzanine to an outdoor terrace and from there to the rooftop via a spiral staircase. The proposal is to use this residual space, especially wasted in large cities, creating a green and recreational space. The rooftop is conceived as a garden with plenty of plants that bring life, color and scent from a unique urban vegetable garden.

The rooftop offers panoramic views of many of Barcelona landmarks: the Sagrada Familia temple, the Agbar tower, the Mediterranean Sea and the mountain of Collserola. The large pergola covered by a grapevine generates a space under which you can enjoy the view in the shade. An iron flowerpot with a variety of Mediterranean plants runs parallel to it.

The overall renovation is accomplished with a few materials such as stone, wood, and iron enhancing their texture properties and taking care of the construction details. The search for sobriety, fluidity, spaciousness and warmth results in loft interiors where white color predominates on the walls and ceilings and wood on the ground. The intervention is total and includes a selection of furniture and lighting that power the space qualities and offers comfort and habitability.

Design Office: Planell-Hirsch Oficina de Arquitectura

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Photographs: Josep Maria Molinos, Planell-Hirsch

Casa Cambrils | Abaton Architects

Description by Abaton Architects:

The shape of the land which hosts this project -two rectangles joined by a long, narrow corridor- was a challenge to us from the beginning: we needed to build a house that, despite being boxed in, would provide a sense of space therefore, the long corridor conditioned the planning of the house. We stressed the land’s peculiarity from the entrance hall, linking the indoor areas with the site increasing the perception of space.

From the hall -located on the middle of the floor plan- a stair takes off and vertically contours the space; it also gives access to all the rooms creating an interesting and entertaining game of floor levels that eliminates the need of corridors.

We designed a big central living room and kitchen with high ceilings, bright and fully linked to the site which surprisingly constrasts from the dark acess door. The playroom on the second floor was given an outdoor terrace and the swimming pool was located at the back of the terrain.

Design Office: Abaton Architects

Location: Madrid, Spain

House in Madrid | A-cero

Design Office: A-cero

Location: Madrid, Spain

Chic apartment in Madrid | Soler-Roig Eugenia

Design Office: Soler-Roig Eugenia

Location: Madrid, Spain