A modular unit encompasses all of the home features of this Catalonian visitor condo by structure studio Aixopluc, leaving the remainder of the ground plan empty for inhabitants to make use of as they want.
Aixopluc’s Alfondac visitor condo is located within the Catalonian metropolis of Reus within the Raval de Santa Anna neighbourhood.
The 55-square-metre area takes over a former photographer’s studio that is in the identical constructing as Aixopluc’s workshop. When the photographer retired, the studio sat vacant for 2 years with its interiors steadily deteriorating.
“We determined to restore the place hoping somebody may be excited about renting it,” defined the follow. “It was not clear whether or not it will be extra profitable as an condo or an workplace – so we determined to do greater than each.”
The follow determined to trial its modular home furnishing system known as Homeful, which is designed to be shortly and cheaply included into deserted buildings in order that they will develop into liveable once more.
The system includes three components: storage cabinets, a small house-shaped quantity that accommodates a mattress and a collection of panels – which the follow refers to as “enclosures” – that can be utilized to type partitions, flooring, ceilings and doorways.
These may be simply assembled or dismantled by hand utilizing normal DIY instruments.
The system is ideally meant to be compactly constructed into the smallest nook of any given area, leaving a majority of the floorplan free for inhabitants to make use of as they want and “welcome unpredicted life”.
Within the case of Alfondac, Aixopluc hopes that younger professionals who keep there’ll use the open area as a workspace.
“By concentrating the efforts in a high-dense disposition, the providers and materials prices might be minimised, and the area accessible for the inhabitants to remodel as they see match is maximised,” defined the follow.
By amalgamating completely different features into one unit, the follow additionally thinks that the Homeful system presents a strategy to create “surprising relations” between dwelling areas which might be historically separated within the residence.
“This iteration is an exploration of the potential advantages of getting completely different actions and their smells – shit, lavender cleaning soap, pee, escudella, incense, linen sheets after intercourse, hyacinth flowers, child’s poo and half-full glasses of Priorat wines – coexist slightly than being segregated,” the follow added.
The system has been built-in on the rear wall of the Alfondac condo. Panels have been organized to type a bathroom and bathe, whereas a collection of cabinets have been fitted to offer inhabitants a spot to retailer their private belongings or meals provides.
A majority of surfaces are perforated with holes the place pegs may be slotted in to hold utensils.
Moist areas just like the sink, kitchen prep counters and base of the bathe cubicle have been topped with slabs of flecked terrazzo from tile model Huguet.
They’re every constituted of recycled glass and marble mixture combined with “inexperienced label” cement, which is supposed to emit 35 per cent much less carbon than normal cement.
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The gabled unit of the Homeful system that accommodates the mattress has been positioned in the direction of the entrance of the area.
Only a few adjustments had been made to the structural shell of the Alfondac condo. Other than changing the window frames, Aixopluc merely bolstered the ceiling beams and added insulation to some current partitions to minimise the necessity for heating.
Even the patterned-tile flooring of the condo – which is unusually 20 centimetres greater on one facet of the plan than the opposite – has been left in its discovered state.
Aixopluc, which takes its identify from the Catalonian phrase for “shelter”, was based by architect David Tapias. It’ll proceed to make use of Alfondac as an area to showcase its newest dwelling programs however intends it to be the primary of a series of one-room hostels.
It is not the one follow to create a visitor property that provides greater than only a place to relaxation your head. Earlier this yr, Raul Sanchez Architects used corten metal to create a guesthome-cum-art gallery within the Spanish village of La Pobla de Cérvoles.
Images is by José Hevia.
Architect: David Tapias
Collaborator: Ricard Pau
Carpenters: Rels i Timberlab
Cooking and washing tops: Huguet