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Fri 31.7.

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura (ES)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 31.07.2015 - Tagged as: ,

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

With barely any outside lighting and in very humid conditions, RAS arquitectura has transformed an underground space near the sea in Barcelona into a very livable apartment.

 

 

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Says the architect, Raúl Sánchez, “the interior of the simply-built, very small structure — barely 55m2 — had a real monumental look, presided over by two octagonal stone pillars from which domes and vaults rise to cover the space and bear the weight of the upper floors.”

 

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

“The client had requested the creation of an open-floor space. However, this monumentality, coupled with the shortage of natural light and view to the outdoors, led to another proposal. The single-space concept could be maintained but with greater spatial complexity, by overlapping and intersecting two living spaces: a central, common, multipurpose space and a perimeter of small designated-use rooms (bedroom, dressing room, bathroom, storage room, kitchen and study).”

 

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

“The walls do not reach all the way up to the ceiling so the vaults and domes are continuous and visible from anywhere. But from the ground level, up to the level marked by where the domes begin, the view is partially interrupted by partitions, creating an anticipation of what lies beyond on the other side, and giving contour to the inner world.”

 

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

“The palette of materials is reduced. Floors and walls are white to bounce and reflect every beam of light that manages to enter through the few openings. The laminated pine dividing walls highlight the items in the centre of the space, while contrasting with the white surfaces of the existing walls.”

 

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

Apartment Tibbaut by RAS Arquitectura, photo: Jose Hevia

“This is the serene canvas against which future users will splash the colours and textures of their furnishings and belongings.”

 

PROJECT DATA
Architecture: RAS Arquitectura
Project name: Apartment Tibbaut
Project Site: Barcelona
Engineering: Mares Ingenieros
Structure: Sustenta
Construction: January-June 2015
Client: Private commission
Built surface: 55 square meters

 

to the RAS Arquitectura website

 

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