Refurbishing existing residences or apartments is always tricky. The architect has to deal with numerous sets of restrictions while not compromising one’s aesthetic and design philosophy.
The penthouse on Blasco Ibáñez Avenue by FRAN SILVESTRE ARQUITECTOS proves that a refurbishment needs no compromising. The interior volumes are as pure as it gets. The floor-to-ceiling sliding doors, resembling moving walls, adjust the function of the penthouse to temporal needs by hiding or revealing internal vistas and altering the layout accordingly. The continuity of the seamless white surfaces of the walls, the sliding partitions and the doors emphasises the sense of abstraction in an interior that derives its uniqueness from purity.
“This refurbished penthouse is located in a 1970s 16-storey building in Blasco Ibáñez Avenue, Valencia.
The project takes the original highly fragmented layout and connects and widens the rooms by modifying the interior architecture through floor-to-ceiling hinged doors and sliding doors hidden in panelled walls.
The master bedroom opens onto the main façade, whilst the second bedroom gives onto a light well, with the bathrooms located between them. The living-room has a large window offering a panoramic view of the avenue leading to the sea which can also be enjoyed from the kitchen when opened onto the living area.”