设计单位 Studio Noju
干预Torres Blancas这样的标志性建筑，不是一件容易的事。这座粗野主义地标建筑，由Javier Sáez de Oíza在20世纪60年代设计，是当时集体住宅的典范。其颇具乌托邦色彩，将线性的花园城市模型垂直向延伸，并混合了住宅、商业和城市公共空间。尽管它作为共享社会基础设施的集体住宅，并未完全发挥此类住宅的潜力，但由于其复杂的形态和对钢筋混凝土的创新使用，它在建筑学上达到了很高的成就。
Intervening in an architectural icon such as Torres Blancas its not an easy feat. This brutalist landmark, designed by Javier Sáez de Oíza in the 1960s, became an exemplary case study of the mid-century collective housing utopias, imagining the vertical extension of the linear garden city model with a mixed use of residential, commercial and civil spaces. Even though it never fully achieved this potential of collective housing with a shared social infrastructure it became an architectural achievement for its novel use of reinforced concrete and its formal complexity.
Our proposal for a 400 square meter apartment sets a dialogue with the building in which the original ideas embedded in the project become the starting point of the design. This allowed us to experiment with new material and organizational solutions that create a unique living space, one that cherishes and admires its context without becoming stagnant or paralyzed by the burden of traditional preservation values.
Entering the apartment we arrive at the foyer, a semi circular space that acts as a threshold between the common areas of the building and the house. The materials used for this space are identical to the ones used on the hallways of the Tower, segovian black slate from the original quarry used back in the 60’s and the wine red color for the wood panelling and walls. A curved moving panel that hides within the wall can enclose the entire space if needed.
The new staircase that leads up to the second floor is a material extension of the kitchen floor, opening it up towards the rest of the house. The handrail is the only element that has been preserved from the original apartment. Its polished brass finish informs the joints between materials throughout the project.
The entire ground floor maximizes the open plan layout while enhancing the formal uniqueness of the structural walls.
A new connection between the living room and the adyacent dining room is created by a corridor framed by a curved glass facade. The ceramic tiles of the outdoor spaces spill into the inside of the living areas creating spaces for indoor plants and blurring the limit between inside and outside.
The kitchen is made out of a continuous custom made countertop that follows and enhances the existing curved geometry of the space. Together with the seamless resin floor it merges both spaces of the kitchen. The cabinet door section is designed to integrate the curved baseboard into the panel itself. A metal finish to the walls enhances the amber light that comes through the original glass black facade.
The outdoor spaces have been once again consolidated into a continous terrace that follows the outline of the original plan created by the architect of the building. This highlights the outdoor areas as the true center of the apartment and recovers the greenery as a fundamental item to protect the indoors from excesive heat in the summer. A series of custom planters and benches have been covered with the same green glazed ceramic tiles as the floor.
The second floor stands out for its oak ceilings that constrast with the white and amorfous ceiling of the more public areas of the apartment. Traditional corridors that articulate the floorplan have been substituted by a sequence of rooms that precede each bedroom. The apartment has two fixed bedrooms and two more that can be transformed depending on the amount of guests.
The second floor has a large terrace adyacent to the main bedroom. This space has been transformed into an outdoor - indoor area by a curved glass wall that encapsulates a section of the terrace. Within it a large tile bathtub sits between indoor greenery. A sheered acoustic curtain reveals the almost invisible glass facade curves. Plants grow easily by absorbing the air humidity produced by the bathtub.
All 4 bathrooms and the powder room follow the same design strategy, a ceramic mosaic total look that cover the custom made pieces following the curved geometry of the walls. This is a nod to the original bathrooms that used a similar strategy but taking it a step further. White accents are used for the basin, faucets and wall scounces to contrast with the different coloured mosaic, different in each bathroom.
Completion date: 2022
Category: Interior Architecture
Constructor: PROEDISUR SL
Landscaping: Vicky Rodríguez Eguiagaray
Lighting Design: Daniel Rodríguez Padilla D-LUZ
Windows: Teófilo SL
Woodwork: Ricardo Vega
Floor: Designed by Studio Noju; Manufacture and installation D-Tarima
Kitchen manufacturer: Encidecor SL, Vijupa SL
Bathrooms: Washbasins, faucets and electrical switches by ICÓNICO; Toilets by ROCA; Mosaic Technical 1.2 by CINCA