el fabricante de espheras designs vernacular penthouse in valencia
(above: the possibility to combine different lights gives the chance to create various atmospheres)
all images © milena villalba




valencia-based studio el fabricante de espheras has transformed an empty attic in the north of l’horta, between farmlands dominated by orange trees. called ‘l’atic vernacle’, the dwelling is near the town’s center, and is surrounded by 20th-century buildings that set the atmosphere. in this project, the studio saw an opportunity to rethink the typical valencian house by experimenting with a mix of traditional and contemporary elements.

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the mixture between the warmth of the materials and the type of light gives comfortable spaces




the living area is composed of a dining and living room, plus the kitchen. windows covered by blinds frame views of the roofs of the city. the natural light that enters plays a lead role, as it fills the house, comforting the spaces. the flooring is made from a carpet of clay tiles. the first thing the user notices is a big larder to store food supplies and hides the kitchen appliances. furthermore, there’s a large bar table where the family meets for meals.

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pleasant living spaces were achieved with simple and austere materials




two windows light up the open living area, and where custom-made furniture was designed to give the space lots of flexibility. following the corridor, a weak golden light guides the visitor, creating a chiaroscuro ambiance that envelops the bedroom. the closet was built in the same way as the larder, with wooden blinds that hide the clothes. as for the bathroom, it is open to the corridor, benefiting from each other’s lighting. 

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the furniture design with added wheels makes possible for flexible rooms

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the project aims to have a good quality of light through all the house

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valencian elements from the tradition are included in the project, like these blinds

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the renovated apartment is located in a traditional area

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wood, ceramics, white and light, compose the materials of the house

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location plan

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cross section

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longitudinal section 



project info:


awards: valencia crea 2015 award in the category of interior design and honourable mention ascer award 2015.

architects: el fabricante de espheras 

design period: september 2014 -november 2014

construction period: december 2014 – april 2015

status: completed

constructor: elo construcciones 



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edited by: juliana neira | designboom