Els Terrats / LoCa Studio

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  • Architects: LoCa Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  764 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs
    Photographs:Pol Viladoms
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers:  Lunawood, Acor, Baxi, Carinbisa, FARO Barcelona, Fobo, Mitsubishi Electric, Simon, Velux & Arinbisa, Villeroy & Boch
  • Collaborators: Maria Lucia Cicero and Ayna Alemany
  • Consultants: Pepe Ortega - OTG3
  • Clients: Josep Maria Arauzo and Carme López
  • Budget: 120.000€
  • Architects In Charge: Daniel Lorenzo, Carlota Casanova
  • City: Reus
  • Country: Spain
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© Pol Viladoms

Text description provided by the architects. Buildings constructed until mid of XX century in Spain, and still in certain well standing areas incorporated an apartment for the doorman. Since it was considered that the penthouse was the worse and smallest place of the building, this was the place where to accommodate people in charge of the door control and cleaning.


Today, those spaces go to the community ownership and are rediscovered to people who acquired as an opportunity to enjoy the open space in crowd city environments.

© Pol Viladoms

The doorman of the building had this apartment until he was retired from service. The small, tiny, dark and isolated space was acquired by a neighbor living below as an opportunity to expand their family space outside. The family wanted an extra space, independent from their house, where to celebrate, study, read, or just join natural light.

© Pol Viladoms

The challenge was to open the apartment to the terraces and connect the spaces making the transition as easiest as possible. Windows were opened in both façades to connect the interior with north and south terraces. The floor was lifted in the extremes of the apartment to be at the same level of the outside and blur the limits between exterior and interior. Likewise to enhance the link, the pavement inside and outside is the same and carpentries can be folded to maximize the opening.

© Pol Viladoms

The apartment of no more than 60m2 connects north and south façades of the building without any vertical division, providing a wonderful feeling and filter, between the mountain views of La Musara and the inside of a cozy courtyard. Terraces which have a similar dimension than the interior space outlined to respond to orientations and uses, and accommodate summer dinners and parties at the same time that welcome and gather long readings and siestas.

© Pol Viladoms

To bring natural light inside, and to create the atmosphere of being closely connected to the outside, original openings were kept in the dividing walls on the patios at the same time that openings were enlarged to connect to the terraces and a skylight was opened on top of the entrance and the toilet, to make the owners dream possible of taking shower looking to the sky.

© Pol Viladoms

The organization of the space is linked to the original structure of the building and materials wanted to foster the comfort of the users. Wood and plaster are the main elements configuring the rooms, while steal works, tiles contribute, and fabrics provide little changes in the general atmosphere.

Terrats are terraces to enjoy!

© Pol Viladoms

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Address:Reus, Tarragona, Spain

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Cite: "Els Terrats / LoCa Studio" [Els Terrats / LoCa Studio] 12 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/908711/els-terrats-loca-studio> ISSN 0719-8884

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