By Savitha Hira
Photography: Plasmalia; courtesy A-cero Design
‘Starkness’ is the first word that comes to mind, when you view this sprawling approx. 2200 sq ft. apartment along the White Coast – Costa Blanca in Valencia, Spain.
Designed by Joaquin Torres and Rafael Llamazares of architecture studio A-cero, the single colour - white - sweeps through the ethos of the home via meandering fluid lines, soft contours and pulsating abstraction concentrated solely in the ceiling, bringing the staid apartment alive; inculcating a sense of understated style; and at times, especially with the colour changing LEDs in place, a sense of the bizarre.
Whilst the private quarters – master suite, secondary bedrooms; and the public quarters – hallway, pantry, and laundry room fluidly merge into each other, sustaining the artistic-architectural vocabulary, the living dining and kitchen are a diaphanous space – a starting point, so to say, of the sinuous forms that seem to travel at lightning speed across the length and breadth of the house.
Krion by Porcelanosa is the material that defines these contours, highlighted as they are with a white glow. Fluted walls, overlapping slats of Krion and white lacquered interior woodwork add textural flavour. The complete apartment including the bathrooms and kitchen, the furniture and fittings are conceived and designed thematically by Studio A-cero; except for some loose furniture for the living-dining, which constitutes a synchronized purchase.
While daytime views are spectacular, balming the openness of space, evenings are meant to take on different hues – via coloured LEDs that conspire to create distinctive mood swings to create individualistic ambiences, tailored to the requisites of a holiday home.