| 15 : 00 – 22 October 2018 |
Tarragona based NUA Arquitectures remodel an old store into it’s own design studio overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
Once a compact storage room, the transformed office space now accommodates bright, airy and spacious workplace of the design studio. The architects work desk occupies the central axis of the space, around arches forming intersecting spaces. Part of the original brick walls were left exposed, while some were painted white offering a contrast between the new and old. For the sake of distinction, a stair hallway delineates the working and entry areas while visually connecting indoors and outdoors. Customized pinewood furniture storage is placed along the niches in brick arches.
View of the design studio from hallway
From the Architects –
Tarragona, strategically located on a hill, has a close relationship with the Mediterranean. This geographical duality makes it possible to find such privileged places such as this studio, one of the few workplaces of the city with a sea view. The aim of the project is to bring back the space used as storage for a long time and turn it into a wide and bright workplace. The intervention was structured in three actions.
Central work desk, Space in between the brick arches occupy storage units
Exterior of the historical building
We discovered the original structure of the building built in 1931, the house Antoni Rosell Fortuny, by the Architect Francesc de Paula Morera Gatell. We rendered the brick wall in order to allow them to breathe and avoid deterioration caused by humidity.
Photo captured during the construction dating to 1931
Rendering the brick wall
We maximized the relationship between indoors and outdoors, encouraging visual contact with the sea. We removed walls connecting visually the studio with the common hall and public space. The arched structure helped to organize the space.
Stairway entry to NUA design office
Floor plan and elevations
Axonometric view of the elements blended in the design studio
Old and new contrast
Pinewood storage furniture
“Undress, open and inhabit the space.”
Bring back the original spirit of the building encouraging new physical and visual connections.
Work desk details
Confluence of glass, wood, brick and white paint
Project details –
Project Name – NUA Studio
Architect Firm – NUA Studio | www.nuaarquitectures.com
Project location – Bajada de toro nº5, Tarragona, Spain
Design team – Maria Rius, Arnau Tiñena, Ferran Tiñena
Photography Credits – © NUA Arquitectures
Construction company – Baumester SL.
Carpenter – Rels.
Contract budget – € 10,520 (reform: € 5,444, furniture: € 5,076)
Surface area – 32 sq.m.