If we did not know that this house is situated in Barcelona’;s Vallvidrera residential neighborhood, we could easily consider that it is somewhere on the Mediterranean coast, overlooking the sea. The Mediterranean feel is offered by the all-white, apparently roofless exterior, the geology and the slope of the terrain. In order to get a maximum interior space, YLAB Architectos have conceived the property as a compact 3 level volume. The multifaceted geometry of the residence begins from a cube whose every face has been divided into 4 surfaces. Then, like in a 3-dimensional building game, these facets have been pushed and pulled in a variety of directions to give the final geometry of the home. The orientation of the surfaces is not at all random, they aim on the one hand to bring the most of natural light and city views, and on the other hand to produce privacy for the owners. As the plot is very modest and positioned in a crowded neighborhood, privacy was 1 of the principal criteria in shaping the property. The upper surfaces of the cube have been pushed up to type the roof. The reality that the roof is treated the identical as the rest of the house, in mat white, provides a excellent unity to the architecture. Additionally, the fixed windows and the white perforated aluminum shutters perfectly align with the facades, in a flawless geometry. The primary entrance is at the middle level, where the space has been divided amongst a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining regions. The kitchen and dining places benefit from a double height ceiling, supported by a wood paneled wall. On the upper floor, below the ceiling and behind this paneled wall there are the master bedroom and bathroom. The semi-buried reduced level consists of utility spaces, the living space and an independent studio, both with direct access from the garden.
The pavements in multicolored slat – a common regional stone – follow the organic slopes of the terrain. The size of the stone is larger on the flatter surfaces and smaller sized and irregular on the steeper ones.
The perforated shutters let the light come in but protect the intimacy of the owners at the very same time.
The floors, bathrooms and stairs are covered in light colored Capri stone, and the the inside walls are all white like the outdoors.
The only exception to white is produced for the double height median wall, which is paneled with tinted elm wood. This structure is also utilised to conceal doors and kitchen cabinets.
The kitchen blocks are integrated as significantly as achievable, leaving only the hob, the sink and the worktop open. The tinted elm wood island has a double function as a breakfast counter.
The perforated Corten steel fence that protects the property on the decrease side of the plot matches the reddish shades of the pavement.