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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Casa Pedralbes, Barcelona


Mountain dwelling with a difference
This house in the mountains, designed by the architect Joan Anguita, brings all the glamour of Los Angeles to Barcelona. Partially suspended above the terrain, it is a dream home for anyone wanting to live in the seclusion of nature with all the comforts of city living. Views and surroundings convert Casa Pedralbes into an impressive complex.

The four-storey structure blends into its environment by means of a transparent glass fa├žade that provides spectacular views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea beyond.

The main body of the house comprises the ground floor and the first floor, which is reserved for social activities. The ground floor, designed for its car collecting enthusiast owner, displays the parking, while the first floor contains the kitchen, dining room, sitting room and library.

A freight elevator runs all the way up the house, from the display area to the top floor, which is devoted to the everyday living spaces. This transparent elevator makes it possible to move vehicles from one level to another or put them on show in different spaces.

The open-plan settings create a sensation of great space, only enhanced by the predominance of pale, neutral colours and the designer furniture carefully selected by the architect.

The house also boasts two swimming pools, each with a single lane: one outdoors, on the first floor, and another indoors in the basement, which contains the leisure area, complete with a cinema, bowling alley and gym. The roof terrace is a deck area designed for pleasure, with a jacuzzi, solarium and a large bar.

source: www.worldarchitecturenews.com
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