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White, light & colour house

Colombo and Serboli Architecture

22.11.15

Matteo Colombo and Andrea Serboli are collectively known as CaSA or Colombo and Serboli Architecture. Originally from Italy both architects have worked in several countries around the world before establishing their studio in Barcelona. CaSA offer an integral service to their clients everything from property hunting, interior design and furniture design. Working mostly in the residential sector their work is defined by a meticulous attention to detail and an overarching concept that can be discerned throughout each of the different spaces withi any one project.  The following project consists of an apartment refurbishment situated in Barcelona, the description was supplied by the architects. 

The project involved the refurbishment of an abandoned apartment which was laid out in a somewhat awkward manner in order to become an attractive holiday home located in city centre within a 1960s extension to a modernisme building, lacking any charm whatsoever.  

The spaces had to be completely re-imagined with all existing non load bearing walls demolished. The limited budget required an imaginative approach. Four bedrooms were carved out with four bathrooms and a kitchen which was moved from its original location to becomeThe project involved the refurbishment of an abandoned apartment which was laid out in a somewhat awkward manner in order to become an attractive holiday home located in city centre within a 1960s extension to a modernisme building, lacking any charm whatsoever.   part of the living space and make room for the extra bedroom. The ‘day’ area of the apartment is open plan and includes a previously dark entrance hall now forming part of the living area. 

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    The selected palette of materials includes a micro-cement light grey matt floor, natural timber, and a dash of a different colour for each bathroom, and two shades in the corridor. The rest is white.

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    Special attention has been given to the creation a new relaxation zone that straddles the interior and the exterior. This terrace which had been closed-in some years previously with a pitched roof and aluminium window frames, has now been recovered, opened up and extended towards the interior living room by treating part of the indoor space as outdoor. The inner area has been raised to the same level as the exterior terrace level. We used the typical “rasilla” terracotta tiles to clad the floor as well as the new masonry seats that line the perimeter area. One of these seats is positioned right below a window with views over both the inside and outside.

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    The white tube structures are among the repeated themes carried through the whole project which were designed and custom made for the project, they are combined with a light coloured Compac surface to form the terrace table and bar, as well as the kitchen island unit with in-built cooking rings that also functions as a main dining table allowing simultaneous cooking and entertaining. A partitioning screen and all the bathrooms are made from the same material.

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    The kitchen wall is clad in matt white ceramic tiles, also used to clad the shelf that projects over the kitchen worktop that supports the task lighting. Both the tiled wall surface and shelf extend from the kitchen to the bar, visually unifying the two areas. The volume that separates them incorporates a gas chimney/fireplace.

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    A wide pivotting door made from wood gives access to the sleeping or night zone, when in the closed position a grey-green coloured frame marks the corridor on the walls and ceiling. 

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    The smallest bedroom is the only one without an en-suite, two of its walls have floor to ceiling curtains which can block out the light or filter it.

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    The family bathroom is tiled with blue ceramics and opens onto a small courtyard which was also refurbished and planted, the shower is provided with an overlooking window.

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    The three double bedrooms are simple with quirky details. The en-suites open to the rooms making a feature of the different colour tiles: punk, yellow and green with a contrasting accent border. The showers are separated by a glass screen while the tubular motif is used to support wash hand basins and mirrors, clothes and towel hooks with the least interference with the light. Night stands are made using simple stools painted to coordinate with the corridor colour palette.

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