Design Concept: Layers
The design concept is based on the creation of new ways to use natural materials, reproducing the effects of layering found in nature. We have used this property to allow the expression of natural materials in new ways and within new contexts by creating meeting points for different natural materials.
The layering concept seeks the balance between form and function and between the object and the space. Using explicit customization, in each element we designed, the layers were created through a different meeting of materials.
The result delights and draws the eye and in which the quality of the natural materials stands out.
Planning: The space is divided up to provide maximum openness inside and in terms of its connections with the outside. The integration of a number of linear geometric elements with presence in the space, designed with specific emphasis on precise, clean form, creating a synergetic, harmonious composition and their emphasis using light and shade.
As an alternative to building walls, elements were designed for installation throughout the apartment to create both separation and communication between the different parts of the space.
Materials: Only natural materials emphasizing the strengths of the natural materials used. Those natural materials are worked by specialist artisans and their richness forms a precise, composite whole. The three main materials we used in this apartment form a cascade of metals, woods and marbles combined as a range of materials, displayed as surfaces and as significant masses with different finishes. Together they create a work of art comprising layers and blocks, small details and broad statements; a spectrum of textures. Each natural material has its own language in perfect synergy with the distinct language of every other material.
The space is divided up to provide maximum openness inside and in terms of its connections with the outside to create a feeling of space larger than the apartment’s actual dimensions.
The integral kitchen unit is a combination of woods with different finishes surrounded on all sides by perforated brass designed to provide a floating, folding look, turning into the work area located behind the unit.
The creation of new ways to use natural materials, reproducing the effects of layering found in nature.
The kitchen island and the dining table positioned in the center of the space were united into a single unit by bringing together one natural material with another in layers – the tabletop is solid wood, which both penetrates into and surrounds the island. In essence, this creates the look of an island comprising three layers of different materials placed one on top of the other.
The surrounding layer of brass creates a dynamic throw of light and shade, which changes during day and night hours and duplicates its graphic texture in masses of other natural materials.
The surrounding layer of brass creates both separation from and an intimacy with the spaces behind.
Another element creating a series of links between the spaces is a carpentry element with a linear graphic texture in three dimensions, created using layers of carefully designed wooden strips. They combine to form a functional surround, concealing storage units within and doors at both ends.
The modular distribution was designed to provide a uniform façade, which does not reveal the location of cupboard doors, or an entry door into the other space or any fixed section. This unit ‘turns’ and continues into the internal parts of the bathrooms.
The texture of the perforated brass is repeated in the floating library, which is a composition of layered shelving, which appears as thin, floating shelves providing an overall result that is elegant, light and airy.
The master bathroom.
Inside the master bathroom.
Those natural materials are worked by specialist artisans and their richness forms a precise, composite whole.
The master bedroom.
The three main materials in this apartment form a cascade of metals, woods and marbles combined as a range of materials, displayed as surfaces and as significant masses with different finishes.
Links between the forms and the materials, textures, objects and art.
Maximum openness inside and in terms of its connections with the outside.
The teenager room with private bathroom.