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Apartment Ribera

  • Location: Bilbao, Bizkaia
  • Client: Private
  • Date: 2017-2018
  • Principal Architect: Ane Arce, Iñigo Berasategui
  • Contractor: Alur S.L.
  • Photographs: Luis Díaz Díaz, Carlos Garmendia

Located in a slooping roof of an early 20th century building on the edge of the river, the apartment in Bilbao's Ribera street appears crouched inward, denying its privileged views and poorly treated by the indifferent use of time. The operation that is carried out on it is simple and direct, a classic linear distribution that gives the corridor the structuring function and compacts the functions in a caravan of concatenated rooms that vanishes at its head with a generous kitchen wrapped in glazed surfaces that acts as a hinge and it opens to the living room and the views, introducing in it the daily tasks as a shared task.

To encourage this central role of the corridor, it is endowed with a generous dimension, direct and central natural lighting and scalar tricks on deep doors and windows that reinforces its condition as a connecting axis. From here little more, a palette of natural materials and light colours with oak wood as the protagonist that dialogues in the centre of the living room with the original structure of the building  seeking to emphasize the linearity of the house and the splashes of green of bathrooms and dark rooms. An intervention that tries to establish an updated air of classic serenity.


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