Transformation of offices into four apartments / Ansede Quintáns, arquitectos
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Text description provided by the architects. The project transforms empty offices into apartments. The main feature of the property was the high ceilings, almost four meters, a large window facing the street, and no facade to the rear of the premises, with great depth.
The space is divided into four apartments. All have a large living room, dining room and kitchen, and two of them also have a separate bedroom. In the entrance areas, further from the facade, there are also storage areas, laundry rooms, wardrobes and bathrooms. In two of the apartments, lofts are built above the dining room and kitchen, and in the other two, a raised bedroom separates the sleeping area from the environment.
In both cases, the objective of this dance of the heights, in addition to the creation of storage areas and other uses, is to fully appreciate the great height of the halls and part of the entrance areas of almost four meters in height. height. The high height is more appreciated in contrast to the low height of the kitchen area or the entrance, depending on the apartments.
For this we have created, in addition to changes in level, also changes in the covering materials from two meters and twenty centimeters, the height under the mezzanines. Thus, in the bedrooms, from this height, we covered everything with sycamore wood veneered boards with flashings and a solid chestnut ceiling, as an interpretation of a coffered ceiling. Highlight the ceiling value in these areas.
The mezzanines and mid-heights are built with a glued laminated chestnut wood structure, and their floors are in solid chestnut wood.
The plinths, two meters and twenty centimeters are built with cement wood planks. The entrance areas are in white painted plasterboard. At the meeting point between these white spaces and the fully covered lounge areas, all the materials appear in each apartment in a different way.
The darker entrance areas required more light and the huge space of the lounges required more texture and materials that caused a greater feeling of warmth and comfort.
The whole is completed by warm and intimate lighting, through wall sconces, and spotlights that illuminate indirectly through the ceiling lighting.
The kitchens are integrated into the living spaces, with similar materials to underline the unity of this space.