Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

Architects Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas have designed a state-of-the-art private residence in Igualada,Barcelona that aims to reexamine the idea of inhabitation and the notion of comfort in the domestic environment, as well as to explore the spatial interrelation between mass and void. The architects seem to have found the fine line between these contrasting qualities; thus they crafted a series of spaces that qualify for an effortlessly elegant dwelling experience.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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The residence features a very strong cubic interplay which eventually defines the exterior shape of the house as well as it forms the internal spatial arrangement and contours the interior atmosphere.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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The house is composed by three cubes which are arranged in a way to create a set of ultra-minimal courtyards between them; these courtyards eventually perform as large windows that let light penetrate and brighten the interior spaces.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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The cubes house the predominantly static rooms of the residence, and define spaces such as the living room, kitchen and the bedrooms.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

These volumes demonstrate a rather monumental character, with solid, stone features that in reality evoke a comforting seclusion and reinforce the feeling of privacy. At the same time the windows in these spaces, act as perforations that break the starkness of the monolithic structure.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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These three volumes are connected by a flat, light concrete slab while the windows have actually no framing and are embedded directly into the stone walls, creating that way a more dramatic feeling between the solidity of mass and the airy feeling of the void.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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The courtyards are minimal and plain voids that arise from the layout of the volumes; each one of them has its own distinctive character depending on their positioning and finish during which they describe different spatial functions.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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But further out of the sturdiness of the interior and the semi openness of the courtyard appears a different spatial territory, the porch.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

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The porch allows the interior and exterior spaces to actually come together and form a different room. It also acts as an extension of the internal living rooms, giving the residents more living space along with a touch of openness.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

 Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas by composing a set of porches, courtyards and interconnected volumes, have successfully created a sophisticated private home that maintains the feeling comfort and privacy. At the same time, the house provides its residents with a set of idyllic yet functional and efficient spaces to live in; a house to call home.

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Eugeni Pons

 

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

Igualada N1: A private residence by Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

©Jaime Prous & Damian Ribas

 

Words: Ivi Vassilopoulou

 


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