This sleek and slender house in Spain is a stylish extension to a former 1940s textile factory in the municipality of Ontinyent, Valencia. Designed by local architecture firm Borja García Studio for José Antonio Gandía Blasco (president of the outdoor furniture manufacture Gandia Blasco), the minimalist house emanates elegant modernity.
The textile factory, which has now been converted into the state-of-the-art headquarters for Blasco's company, follows a refined, yet simple design approach. It was important for the client that the house, being an extension of the building, reflected the same values and aesthetics as his business. Taking the concept of 'living above the shop' to the next level, Blasco encouraged a common approach between the two spaces.
Concrete plays a prominent role in the design and gives the house its robust personality. 'For us concrete is architecture, structure and expression,' says architect Borja García. Aside from concrete, the materials used throughout the house were kept in their natural state.
Inside, the heart of the project is a large open living space located on the ground floor. Within this volume, a sculptural staircase directs visitors throughout the five remaining upper and lower levels. The sizeable basement links the house to the classically landscaped outdoor area, containing an all-white concrete pool.
Both externally and internally, the use of matt white and neutral colours ensures that the house conforms to the company's contemporary design principles, further forging the relationship between workspace and home.