An interview with Lilli Hollein - curator and co-founder of the Vienna Design Week
A bed and breakfast by Nook Architects in Barcelona
Bed & Blue, the new hospitality project designed by Spanish studio Nook Architects in the heart of the Catalan capital
Kitchen and single bedroom in the new hospitality facility designed by Nook Architects studio, Barcelona. Thanks to their durability, bricks have been used in many rooms
The chromatic contrast between the living room and the kitchen. The two spaces have no doors, allowing for a suggestive play of light throughout space. It’s Bed & Blue, the new bed & breakfast designed by Nook Architects in Barcelona
Bed & Blue: contrast between the living room and the kitchen. Neither of them has doors, allowing light to play suggestively throughout the b & b
Kitchen of the new Bed & Blue, designed by Nook Architects studio of Barcelona. Eclectic blue tiles create a playful contrast with the wood of the tables and the white furnishings
Living room of the Bed & Blue bed & breakfast designed by Nook Architects, Barcelona. The floor styling blends with the modernity of the furnishings, whose colors create an interesting play of light with the help of the big windows overlooking the inner courtyard
A portrait of Nook Architects studio designers. From left to right: Ana García, Joan G Cortés, Rubén F Berenguer
Simple, minimalist furnishings and soft hues in the double bedroom of the Barcelona b&b
Exposed bricks have also been used in the b & b’s double bedroom
On the left. Big wooden windows and a private balcony overlooking the busy Barcelona main street where the Bed & Blue bed & breakfast is located. Design by Nook Architects studio, Barcelona. On the right, double bedroom
Bathroom in the Bed & Blue bed & breakfast: the contrast created by bricks and blue furnishings. The blue door leads to the most private area of the room, equipped with toilet and shower, this latter provided with the only door in the whole bathroom area
It’s called Bed & Blue the brand-new bed & breakfast in the heart of Barcelona designed by Nook Architects. The Catalan studio composed by Ana García, Joan G Cortés e Rubén F Berenguer designs interiors with a functional approach that tends to make the most of every space by introducing minimalist furnishings, bright colors and different materials. Just before the building’s opening the architects have explained their goals and the creative processes which gave birth to their works.
This design project is divided into two parts. The upper floor, which has already been completed, and the lower floor, which is under construction. What end result do you have in mind?
Ana: 6 double bedrooms with private bathroom, each with its own balcony or outdoor patio, a small galley to prepare breakfast and a common room on the ground floor, oriented towards the main street. From here the guests will be able to admire the lively street facing the bed & breakfast.
Let’s talk about your choice of materials and colors. Brick walls in the bedrooms and big blue tiles in the bathrooms. What effect did you want to achieve?
Joan: As far as the kitchen is concerned we wanted to create a contrast between the natural color of ceramic and the deep blue of the tiles. We liked the natural effect of the bricks, which perfectly match wood as well as all the other elements in the house. Moreover, exposed bricks need little maintenance and are very resistant, which is perfect for an accommodation facility.
Kitchen, living room and part of the bathroom have no doors. Why?
Rubén: We wanted to let in as much light as possible, creating a strong visual relationship between adjoining spaces. Playing with light was very interesting. The absence of doors in these spaces has played a fundamental role in achieving our desired effect.
Your projects are usually characterized by the introduction of strikingly modern elements in places that maintain classical elements (e.g., the floors). What is the objective of your choice, beyond the beauty of the final effect?
Ana: We wanted to create something original through the meeting of the old and the new. What is old, contrary to what one may believe, has almost always a great potential and, above all, great virtues of adaptability towards new uses and needs.
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