YAD HOUSE | GOKOSTUDIO
Photo credit: Valentin Hincû
Location: Sant Cugat del Valles, Barcelona, Spain.
Architects: GOKOSTUDIO Architecture
Completion: September 2019
Surface: Four-storey terraced house / 160 m2
Budget: 150,000 euros
Casa YAD is situated in proximity to Barcelona, where it receives pure, fresh air filtered through the Sierra de Collserola that detaches it from Barcelona.
Contrary to what one might imagine about the patterns of a family living in a residence of one hundred and sixty square meters, the dwellers of YAD house are not a stereotypical Latin family; at YAD house there was not that much baggage to store and therein rests the crux of the project; simplicity and space led to fruition using an improved and selective combination of materials.
The mission to completely refurbish Casa YAD, commissioned by a Taiwanese Hispanic couple, landed in GOKOSTUDIO’s inbox following an in-depth process of reflection by the owners. The result made the first phase of the project straightforward because its dwellers had clearly identified their needs and preferences.
The occupants of Casa YAD were cognizant of the limitations of the house, with one anomaly: “height”.
The most difficult feature of the project was that the needed spatial layout was at differences with the succeeding house. The house built during the eighties had floors with restricted height of just two and a half meters between them.
Consequently, the design of the layout of the bathrooms and the definition of the fittings had to be very explicit to avoid reducing the ceiling height even by a single centimeter.
The entire ground floor opens onto the rear garden to maintain a tighter rapport with the outdoors, thanks to a massive sliding window, which spans the opening between the two side walls.
A refined and selective change in the materials used for flooring and furniture gives a unique identity to the living room, kitchen, and dining room, and also maintains the continuity of the spaces.