Creueta House

An artist house from the '50s rediscovered. Barcelona / Spain / 2016

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Name of the project: Creueta House


Location: Creueta del Coll Park, Barcelona (It is a private property, we can’t provide exact address)


Surface area: 355 m2 + 170 m2 garden (basement: 35,4 m2; semi-basement: 109,55 m2; ground floor: 88,7 m2; first floor: 121,89 m2)


Project: January 2015 - May 2015


Construction: May 2015 - February 2016


Arquitects: Co Govers and Maria Matamala (Zest Architecture)


Collaborators:


Builder: Josep Hortal Hortal


Steel work: Germans Turró, s.l.


Installations: Portet


Kitchen: Doca


Woodwork: Rocas


 


Photography credits: Eugeni Pons


Document and drawing credits: Zest Architecture


 


 This house was designed in the 1950s by a local artist for his family. In those days a leafy suburb with single family dwellings, the area has now become an integral part of the city. The new owners, who fell for the possibility of city-living in a fairly quiet neighbourhood with unbeatable views towards the Mediterranean, hired ZEST to take on the task of doing a complete overhaul to make this house ready for family living in the 21st century.


 


The challenge was to maintain some of the original charm of the house, which had some very special features and was rich in detail, but adapting it to the needs and taste of the new owners. The house was in in need of overall repair, and needed all the wiring and plumbing replaced.


 


ZEST decided to aim high (A-rating on the energy consumption label) with complete insulation of the façade using an Exterior Thermal Insulation System, finished in dark grey. The façade of the lower floor, which had an original finishing in local stone, has been insulated on the interior. Both the roof and the ground floor were insulated as well.


 


The heating system is a geothermal system with vertical wells, which powers the underfloor heating on the ground floor and in the bathrooms, and the old cast iron radiators that were found in the house and reused on the top floors. All windows are solid oak, with high performance double glazing and exterior solar protection. The plan is to add a Photovoltaic installation on the perfectly angled roof, once the Spanish regulations and tax system make that a viable option.


 


On the inside all wiring and plumbing were replaced with high quality systems. The house is controlled by GIRA domotics, to make management of heating, lighting, alarm and solar protection easier. One area where the wiring could not be changed, and which has been powered from the outside, is the amazing entrance hall, an original work by the first owner and designer of the house. It features a golden ceiling in three dimensional panelling, tree sculptures directly cut into the walls and a wonderful stained glass window with a sculpture of Sant Jordi, patron saint of the Catalans.


 


 


The distribution of the house was changed in places, to adapt to the new owner’s needs, with new bathrooms and kitchen layouts and designs, and new or bigger windows where necessary, including an additional access from the dining room to the garden. The garage did not fit the new owners’ car, which led to a redesign of part of the street façade, in order to create extra space and a slightly bigger opening. The organic style Corten fence was also a design by ZEST, inspired by the tree sculptures in the entrance hall.


 


The original owner was a sculptor and graphic designer and his studio on the top floor became the master bedroom, which is designed as a luxury suite with a bath and sitting area with fireplace. The original industrial façade was replaced by a series of 8 windows. Adjacent to this suite is the large home office. On this top floor the new owners found the house was curiously cut off from the amazing view. Solution: the creation of “el mirador” or look-out point, a small roof terrace from where the views over the city are nearly 360 degrees.


 


 


 


SUPPLIERS


 


 LIVING ROOM:


 


- Natural oak parquet in spike, natural oiled finish. Pieces of 15 x 85 x 580 mm.


Azul Acocsa


- Dining chairs: Vitra Eames DSW


- Stainless steel table: Kastoor, Netherlands


- Vintage wooden buffet: design by Enric Clusellas


- Orange leather sofa: Fogia Tiki


- Blue velvet sofa: Sancal Tiptoe


- Methacrylate coffee table: Habitat


- Auxiliary table: Instant Table-Rescued Tile Fragments


- Vintage armchairs: El Recibidor, Barcelona


- Pink armchair: Artifort F510 (design Geoffrey Harcourt)


- Gancedo curtains


- Carpet: Tulip by Designer's Guild


- Lightning:


• Tom Dixon’s Beat Fat Black Pendant Lamps


• Built-in lighting: Diro ST oK, Diro Duo White and Tweeter Trimless by Delta Light


- Oak windows with double security glass


- Cushions: Nicematches and Kvadrat Pixel


- Dark grey paint: Sikkens Grey Rijksmuseum


 


 


KITCHEN:


 


- Rosewood plywood kitchen and stainless steel top by Doca.


- Gaggenau induction plate


- Franke Planar Zero sink


- Hansgrohe Axor faucets


- Neff oven


- Neff built-in dishwasher


- Liebherr integrated refrigerator


- Switches and sockets Esprit Linoleum Gira series (color Light Grey)


- Bench: designed by ZEST, Gancedo upholstery


- Lightning:


• Built-in spotlights Diro ST Ok White from Delta Light


• Projector Rand 411 Delta Light


• Hanging lamps: Bell by Domesticoshop


- Flooring Tile SV Stone Dark Grey 29,5 x 60 MATT


- Oak windows with double security glass


 


 


TOILET:


 


- Flooring Tile SV Stone Dark Grey 29,5 x 60 MATT


- GSI hanging toilet, Pura series


- Push button Omega 20, Geberit


- Vintage sinks and faucets


- Switches and sockets Esprit Linoleum Gira series (color Light Grey)


- Built-in spotlights Diro ST Ok White from Delta Light


- Oak windows with double security glass


 


BATHROOM B1 (FLOOR 0):


 


- Ceramic floor: Nuances Sandalo 15 x 90 RT


- Ceramic shower: Trellis Blend Clay 20 x 20


- White microcement and oak wood cabinets


- Water Evolution taps. Flow Chrome series


- Hanging toilet: GSI, Pura series


- Hanging bidet: GSI, Pura series


- Switches and sockets Esprit Linoleum Gira series (color Light Grey)


- Built-in spotlights Diro ST Ok White from Delta Light


- Wash-basin: Roca.  Foro Enc. White 40


 


 


BATHROOM B2 (FLOOR +1):


 


- Ceramic floor: Nuances Sandalo 15 x 90 RT


- Ceramic shower: Trellis Blend Ice 20 x 20


- White microcement and oak wood cabinets


- Water Evolution taps. Flow Chrome series


- Hanging toilet: GSI, Pura series


- Switches and sockets Esprit Linoleum Gira series (color Light Grey)


- Built-in spotlights Diro ST Ok White from Delta Light


- Wash-basin: Roca.  Foro Enc. White 40


- Wash-basin: Roca.  Foro Enc. Circ. 36


- Custom made oak wood furniture


 


 


BATH B3 (FLOOR +1):


 


- Ceramic floor: Nuances Sandalo 15 x 90 RT


- Custom-made wooden washbasin cabinet in Rosewood


- Wash-basin: Catalano. Model Versotrentasette White 50 x 37


- Hanging toilet: GSI, Pura series


- Hanging bidet: GSI, Pura series


- Built-in spotlights Diro ST Ok White from Delta Light


- Water Evolution taps. Flow Chrome series


- Ceramic (in the shower): Chinese blue gresite, imported from China by the customer


- Switches and sockets Esprit Linoleum Gira series (color Light Grey)


 


 


MASTER BEDROOM (FLOOR +1)


 


-       Lightning::


• Built-in spotlights Diro Duo ST aluminum from Delta Light


• Hanging lamps: Paris aux mois d'aout


• Bedside tables lighting: Caravaggio W by Lightyears


- Switches and sockets Esprit Linoleum Gira series (Anthracite color)


- Cast iron bathtub from Banerasconencanto.es


- Bathtub faucets: Water Evolution. Flow Chrome series


- Armchairs: vintage


- Bed: Coco-Mat


- Vintage cabinets painted dark grey


- Dark grey paint: Sikkens Grey Rijksmuseum


- Custom made Iroko wood bedside tables and dresser


- Gancedo blue velvet curtains


- Bandalux grey anthracite motorized screens


- Original pine parquet flooring, refurbished and varnished.  Polished grey concrete (bath area)

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    Name of the project: Creueta House Location: Creueta del Coll Park, Barcelona (It is a private property, we can’t provide exact address) Surface area: 355 m2 + 170 m2 garden (basement: 35,4 m2; semi-basement: 109,55 m2; ground floor: 88,7 m2; first floor: 121,89 m2) Project: January 2015 - May 2015 Construction: May 2015 - February 2016 Arquitects: Co Govers and Maria Matamala (Zest Architecture) Collaborators: Builder: Josep Hortal Hortal Steel work: Germans Turró,...

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