Duplex in Gracia is a property created by Zest Architecture.
It is found in Barcelona, Spain.
Duplex in Gracia by Zest Architecture:
“In a creating in Gracia, the place the owners owned two apartments a single on leading of the other, ZEST was asked to develop a spacious, welcoming household property.
The brief incorporated the creation of each a focused music room, ideal for modest concerts of chamber music, and a library and examine.
When we identified that the constructing had once upon a time been a factory and that beneath the modern finishes and false ceilings the skeleton of the outdated vaulted framework even now existed, the course of the task quickly grew to become clear. We stripped the apartments from head to toe, to make use of the height of the authentic spaces.
As the owners had been worried about the two apartments retaining an “apartment”-truly feel, a lot importance was given to the creation of the staircase uniting the two floors. This became a central sculptural piece in bleached oak, which is made up of tiny display situations for the owners’ collections. As the owners, like us at ZEST, love the really feel of actual wood, we have used solid oak whereever possible, in combination with paneling.
The ground floor has been kept as a very large, fluid area, but with areas marked for different functions.
Central space is the kitchen/dining area, which has a see over the huge terrace and combines sleek white Bulthaup units with bespoke large units in oak. To 1 side is the music room, which has been created as a super insulated box (with insulated Catalan vaults), but can be opened with sliding doors in oak to unite it with the rest of the ground floor. To the other side of the kitchen is the lounge, and various utility spaces.
Upstairs we discover the large library and study, which has a sleeping nook for visitors, and the family’s bedrooms and bathrooms. The library has bespoke cabinets and shelves in oak, with thin steel supports.
All walls have been completed in clay, which our plasterers masterfully worked to a finish so fine that it almost resembles Tadelakt, the famous Moroccan watertight stucco. The clay retains a somewhat cloudy uneven colouring, which lends it wonderful attractiveness.
Bathrooms all have ZEST-created wash basins in Corian, with built-in blind drawers. Outdoors on the terrace we put in custom built steel pergolas and a developed-in jacuzzi.
The apartment is served by an “aerothermal” technique, which gives water for the underfloor heating in winter, and cooling via fancoils in the summer. ZEST did all the lighting design, with nearly all lighting in LED.”
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Photographs by: Lluís Casals