Issue no. 18 / 5 EUROS
THE SUM OF OUR VALUES
Marina: eight years old
A detail of the Hotel Amanyara’s swimming pool, on the
archipelago of Turks & Caicos Islands (Caribbean).
Ediciones Condé Nast S.A.
Sandra del Río
ART & DESIGN DIRECTOR
Some days ago, we received a very special letter. So special that we want to
share with our customers, with our contributors and with all those who make
Porcelanosa Group a window opened to the creativity, talent and leadership of
an emblematic sector.
“Last May my little daughter (8 years old) went on a visit to your factory with
her school group. She came back exceedingly delighted with everything she had
seen in there – its dimensions, its organisation, its bicycles (above all, that of the
“ruladora”), the techniques employed to verify the resilience of new materials,
the hall with photographs of famous people… She was astonished. Her actual
words were, “I’d never seen so much glamour inside a factory.” We had to soak
up all the catalogues that they were presented with… and hence my message.
This summer we intend to make some improvements at home, and we wanted
to install a parquet floor, but… thanks to the catalogues from Porcelanosa, we
will instead place one of your models of stoneware tiles imitating parquet, which
is gorgeous. Curious, isn’t it?
Well, I want you to know that children’s visits don’t go in one ear and out the
other, and this is not because I believe that by changing my flooring at home
such visits won’t be discontinued, but I am sure that all these children and their
families will never forget that Porcelanosa is a great brand. Thank you.” That was
Eva Vidalros. Eva’s letter, her daughter’s enthusiastic depiction… all this fills us
with pride and joy. And it reaffirms our values and challenges – working on the
present, creating the future, achieving excellence.
Vital R. García
Paloma Gil (English)
Geneviève Naud (French)
Sarah E. Rogers (English)
Marta Sahelices (Project Coordinator)
Andrea Morán (Print Edition)
Sukeina Aali-Taleb (Features)
Rosa Marqués (Features)
Francisco Morote (Director)
Juan Ignacio Bocos
Reyes Domínguez (Director)
Espacio y Punto
A.G.S. and Altair Impresia
Catalogue no.: M-51752-2002
Infography of one of the winning projects in the 2011 4th Architecture and
Interior Design Prizes awarded by Porcelanosa Group.
8 INTERIOR DESIGN NEWS
A detailed account of Milan Furniture Fair and
you their projects in all different categories –
Professionals, Students and Completed Projects.
64 GEOTHERMICS DOSSIER
Butech discloses the secrets of geothermics.
28 CAN MANA, ON IBIZA
A private home in Can Martinet with views to the
Mediterranean Sea, glazed walls and open-plan
68 DEBORAH BERKE AND HER WORK
12 ARCHITECTURE NEWS
A new Marine Research Centre comes to Bali
and Ignacio García de Vinuesa reflects on
functionality and beauty.
34 AN INTERVIEW WITH
72 PROJECT: ‘LA TÉRMICA’
The secret of his work: “Creating good design
and offering personal auteur projects.”
A residential development in Almería recovering
the old terrains of a thermic plant.
14 A CONFERENCE IN MEXICO CITY
38 HOTEL BARCELÓ ON BAVARO BEACH
Alonso and Balaguer delivered a speech at the
Porcelanosa products travel to the Dominican
Republic in order to create a five-star resort in
74 WE TRAVEL TO SEVERAL DESTINATIONS
AND THEIR MOST OUTSTANDING HOTELS
From London to Turks & Caicos Islands, and
stopping in Vannes, discover the best of each
42 8 BRANDS / 8 ARCHITECTS
84 HI PANDA PROJECT
What is architecture for eight renowned
architects? They have accepted to share with
Porcelanosa their opinions on the profession,
and we have created eight spaces with the best
of the Ceramics, Kitchen and Bath Fair.
The famous fashion and accessories firm is
landing in Paris accompanied by Krion®.
10 A-CERO’S NEW SHOWROOM
Joaquín Torres’s studio opens a shop in
Madrid’s Salamanca district.
16 FORMULA 1
Porcelanosa could not miss the Grand Prix of
Europe, Valencia Street Circuit.
18 AWARDS CEREMONY FOR THE 4TH
ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN
Madrid’s Casino hosts the awards gala for
the best architects in 2011. We are showing
56 A BEVERLY HILLS HOME
We have visited a house perched on the ‘Peak
of Desires’ to check how the Group’s products
create spaces for luxury and comfort.
We have gone to New York to discover
the delicate and elegant know-how of this
88 PORCELANOSA IN THE WORLD
90 WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT...
Porcelanosa’s ample and novel showroom
designed by the A-Cero studio.
> porcelanosa news DESIGN
MILAN: Every year’s grand rendezvous
proposals, there has been the presentation of
Piana, a chair designed by David Chipperfield
for Alessi, and whose geometrical lines
can be astonishingly
folded. Also exhibited
was the Tip Ton chair,
designed by Edward
Barber & Jay Osgerby
for Vitra, which is
reminiscent of a fun
ABOVE Piana, a chair
designed by David
Chipperfield for Alessi
BELOW Tip Ton chair, by
& Jay Osgerby
Photos: Marc Eggimann.
In the month of April the most awaitedfor rendezvous in the world of design takes
place: Milan Furniture Fair. In just one week,
quality proposals and
risky objects exude good
design. A showcase for
all that will set trends
throughout the year.
Pieces that on occasion
will be showed off in the
halls of museums all over
the world, crossing the
fine line between design
and art. In the current
edition, among the varied
José Manuel Ferrero
In the end, everything always turns out
as it should, and right now, and thanks
to this, we are starting to value a good
job, good know-how, good execution,
quality in projects and in products.
For if things can be done well, there
is no reason not to do so. Work done
well has always been around, but
it’s high time to prove the quality
of good Spanish design, too. A new
stage is opened when a good designer
who appreciates the companies’
values and hidden potentials brings
about new interesting projects for
an international market. The only
thing left is to join the company with
Photo: Mayte Piera.
HONEYCOMBS ON THE BED After the success achieved by
the Tea sofas and armchairs, EstudiHac has
completed the collection with decorative panels evoking
hexagonal drawings of bees’ honeycombs.
They are manufactured by Sancal and will add a fun and
original touch to your bedroom, hall or lounge, thanks to a
versatile design that allows for it to be adapted to multiple
contexts. Moreover, combinations are infinite.
the suitable designer or creative to
attain success. In Spain there have
always been potentially very strong
companies, both in the economic and
the industrial-technological fields, but
they have not been able to redirect
their offer at the right time. In this new
stage new links between companies
and designers are being created with
the same objective: to offer a distinct,
emotional and high-quality product.
This is the time to start seriously
risking for a safe value: quality design.
The exhibition space is for
you to admire the work
by A-cero, as well as to
purchase any of its interior
decoration pieces, like this
kitchen (left) devised with
Krion®, from System-Pool
–outstanding for its organic
lines, its warmth to the
touch and, above all, for its
perfect adaptation to this
home space, since it is an
antibacterial material able
to resist high temperatures.
OF THE PEOPLE
Javier Monsalve and
Esperanza Aguirre next
to Joaquín Torres; Nieves
Álvarez, Nuria March and
Laura Sánchez with the
A new space
for A-cero (and
Krion) is born
On the occasion of the opening of A-cero In
– a new exhibition and sales space for furniture
and interior decoration designed by the A-cero
team (directed by Joaquín Torres and his partner Rafael Llamazares) – this
showroom event was attended by a number of well-known faces, ranging
from Esperanza Aguirre to Ana Rosa Quintana and models Nieves Álvarez
and Laura Sánchez. Located in the very heart of the Salamanca district (Castelló 66, Madrid) and with an area of 700 m2, decoration pieces developed by
the studio can be seen and purchased here now for the first time.
architect; Fernando Hierro
and his wife and Ana Rosa
Quintana and Juan Muñoz
accompanying the host.
ABOVE From sofas to
accessories, all pieces
have been designed by
Thus, apart from strengthening their interior
decoration department, Joaquín Torres wants “to
offer the public the opportunity of entrusting us
with ‘a slice’ of their homes without the need for
doing an integral project.”
Designed as a space for art, A-cero In has also
a selection of works by promising young artists,
and also antiques, books, drawings by Joaquín
Torres and even music. “Also, all the furniture was
designed by A-cero, we don’t design for other architects. We understand
architecture as a global concept, this celebrities’ architect clarifies.
In sum, A-cero In, as Torres concludes, “offers the market signature furniture and the possibility of harmonising it within a consistent atmosphere,”
from sofas, tables and armchairs to kitchens, like the one devised with
Krion®, surprising for its pure and organic forms. /
> porcelanosa news architecture
IGNACIO GARCÍA DE VINUESA
ARCHITECT AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS
FUNCTION... IN TIMES
The American architecture studio Solus4 has
been responsible for this ambitious project: a
Marine Research Centre located on the sea,
150 metres away from Kuta beach, in Bali,
Indonesia. Well-integrated into its aquatic
environs, the building simulates the winding
forms of waves. It has a smooth structure that
reinforces its direct visual connection with the
outside. A total of 2,500 square metres devoted
to the research and circulation of such marine
phenomena as tsunamis. The construction will
be conducted under sustainable criteria and
will have space for submarine laboratories,
rooms for scientists, an auditorium and ample
A SMALL OBJECT OF
DESIRE Skygarden is a
ceiling lamp designed
by the unmistakable
Marcel Wanders for the
famous Italian lighting
firm Flos (www.flos.
com). Its elegant design
is surprising owing to the
beautiful cast plaster
garden that appears
on the inside. You can
find it in different tones and two
sizes: large, with a diameter
of 90 cm, and small, 60 cm.
Photos: Tangram 3DS LLC.
Defying the ocean
Life itself should be functionally
beautiful. When an element is just
beautiful, society rejects it in the end,
and when it is just functional, it will
soon have a substitute. This ‘functionform’ binomial is the driving force that
moves the engines of today’s industrial
revolution... that of aesthetics. In the
latest decades of boom, all societies have
over and over again consumed both bad
and good products, hardly differentiating
them. There was no time to compare,
only to consume. However, the crisis
came and all that non-functional beauty
died, gradually twisting itself around
to death… the sad death of beautiful
but useless things. In Spain there were
thousands of beautiful… but bad
restaurants. How many of them are left
now? Others were good but ugly, some
of which have survived. However, those
that were functionally well-organised and
well-designed (both for their premises
and their food) and were essentially
beautiful, too, have kept on turning a
profit in the worst months, and are still
doing so. The crisis has left them almost
unaffected – instead, they are reinforced
now, as their ‘bad competitors’ have
died. When my office starts a project,
we always explain the process to our
customers, based on a scheme of how
their premises, houses, offices, should
work. And, generally speaking, I perceive
a certain perplexity in many of them,
for they think that they can put the cart
before the horse (they want to choose the
cushions and curtains before deciding
where the kitchen will be). This must be
a part of that fashion craze for beauty in
itself. I don’t conceive that this is valid at
all, unless it carries a function along with
it. In general, organising programmes,
devising working schemes, usage
percentages, and so on, is boring for
anyone, but I have clearly verified that,
if you don’t devote enough time to that
stage, the final product ends up dying
drowned by its own fame. The moral:
good, beautiful and cheap rule!!!!!
(anyway, there would be much to say
about the prices of food in Spain).
Porcelanosa, together in
Porcelanosa Group, under the careful coordination of Porcelanosa
Mexico, organised last June the conference ‘Designing from Barcelona:
Architecture as an added value’, a speech delivered by architects Luis Alonso and
Sergio Balaguer, from the reputed Barcelona studio of ABAA (Alonso-Balaguer
and Associated Architects). During the conference, characterised by those in
charge of the event as a clear success for its organisation and attendance,
such relevant topics as “the needed flexibility of architecture” and “its aspects of
environmental responsibility” were tackled.
This meeting for methodological exchange – attended by around 600 of
the most important architects in Mexico City – took place at the auditorium of
the Soumaya Museum in the Mexican capital, the building constructed under
the sponsorship of the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim, in which the most
important pieces of his vast collection of artworks are exhibited. /
ABOVE Lobby of the Soumaya Museum,
RIGHT Silvestre Segarra, Luis Alonso,
Alfredo Enríquez and Sergio Balaguer talking
during the event
1. Luis Alonso (lecturer)
2. A general view of the
conference venue during
3. The event’s host, Martha
4. Sergio Balaguer
5. Manuel Covarrubias
and Carlos Turban
6. Héctor Cárdenas
7. Nadia Borrás
8. Alejandro Viniegra and
9. Gabriel Salazar and
together with a companion
10. Mauricio Arditti
11. Gilles Vignal and
12. Fernanda González
and Andrea Soria
> formulA 1
close to the race
ABOVE Throughout the
training and race weekend,
the attending audience had
customised service at the
terrace (20 hostesses) and
free food and drinks in all
hired spaces. Many of the
attendees were rewarded
for their loyalty in taking part
in the ‘Butech takes you
to Formula 1’ campaign,
with which a large number
of professionals in the
construction field could enjoy
On occasion of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of
Europe in the Valencia Street Circuit, Porcelanosa
Group has chosen to further gratify its most
important customers with an invitation to the VIP
terrace of Las Ánimas, in Valencia Port. A space
of almost 3,000 m2 from which the circuit training
sessions and the Sunday race can be viewed – on
10 LCD screens or in the 4-x-3-metre central LED
screen – accompanied by the music of internationally
renowned DJs. Porcelanosa’s 320 guests (of diverse
nationalities: from Spain, France, Russia, Italy, United
Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Morocco, etc.)
had the opportunity to enjoy an exquisite outdoor
catering spread, as well as wine tasting and an
open bar. As a novelty, this year the terrace was
fitted with a Zon Air Space (www.zonair3d.com), an
oxygen bubble in which massages are offered. Later
in the evening, the attendees could enjoy the live
performances of a classic band rock and access to
exclusive night parties. /
Valencia’s Grand Prix thanks
to the points accrued on their
Professional Class card.
LEFT AND BELOW 320
guests had access, besides,
to the night parties at the
Terrace of Las Ánimas Port
and the private parties at the
Umbracle and the Hotel Spa
LEFT INSET Fernando
Alonso, with his Ferrari,
celebrates his deserved
IV ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011
Porcelanosa Group awarded the 4th Architecture and Interior Design Prizes at a gala
dinner attended by the best architects and interior designers in the country. The professional
careers of Carlos Ferrater and Patricia Urquiola were paid tribute at this event.
LEFT The reception before
the gala dinner took place
in the ‘Patio de Honor’ of
BOTTOM LEFT During
the dinner, held in the
‘Salón Real’ – also called
‘the Ballroom’, the most
emblematic room in
Madrid’s Casino – Michi
Primo de Rivera was the
host of the event.
Photos: SERGIO MARTÍNEZ
Group has recently
awarded the 4th
Architecture and Interior
Design prizes during a gala
dinner held at Madrid’s
Casino and attended by
over two hundred people,
including the best architects
and interior designers in the country. For
we must highlight that the competition has
recorded a spectacular progress in its 4th
edition, both qualitatively
and quantitatively (over
200 projects were entered
into the three categories
of the competition). On this
occasion, the participants
faced the challenge of
designing the interior of an
urban loft using products from
the Group and always taking into account the
coherent design of spaces and intelligent use
of materials. In the Student category, Bodgan
the RT+3 Arquitectos
team (Special Mention
19. Fran Silvestre
with Emilio SánchezHorneros Viver-Sánchez
(Special Mention Project
20. Ignacio García de
Vinuesa hands out the
prize to Francisca Forteza
Mascaró (Special Mention
21. Group photo of the
winners and the jury next
to Héctor Colonques,
Porcelanosa Group Chairman
IV ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011
Petrenko and Roman Bozhenko, from Ukraine’s
Kyiv National University of Construction and
Architecture, won first prize with their futuristic
project built over the sea and shaped like a
scallop shell. In turn, Óscar Castro Plana won
first prize in the Professional category with
the unanimous approval of the jury (Rafael
de La-Hoz, Joaquín Torres, Josep Riu, interior
designer Ignacio García de Vinuesa and Fran
Silvestre), who valued his original proposal and
his application of the materials. In addition,
Porcelanosa paid special recognition to royal
architecture by awarding Martín Lejárraga
first prize for the best Project Completed for
the rehabilitation of the old fencing halls in
the city of Cartagena. Porcelanosa Group
also appreciated the careers of two of the
most fashionable professionals
today: Carlos Ferrater, who
highlighted the need to foster
the combination of architecture
and industry as the key to the
future in the sector, and Patricia
Urquiola, who very emotively
depicted her career and spoke
about her understanding of the
1. Joaquín Torres, Patricia
Group’s Chairman Héctor
Colonques, Carlos Ferrater
and Ignacio García de
2. Manuel García
Sánchez, Esther Rivera,
Gonzalo Aguilar de Dios
and Antonio Pineda
3. Raquel Chamorro and
4. José María Olivas, Joan
Lao, Santiago García and
5. Héctor Colonques
talking to Tomás Alía
6. Montse Clavero,
Eduardo Merlo, Rosana
García, Pilar Marcos,
Raquel Agulleiro and Ana
7. Ana Moix and José
8. Héctor Colonques
hands out the award to
Carlos Ferrater for his
9. Julio Touza, Andrés
Perea and Edgar González
10. Carlos Lamela,
Cristina Colonques and
11. Joaquín Ruiz, José
Ramón García, Guillermo
García Hoz, Óscar
Recuenco and Marisa
12. Carlos Rubio, Rafael
de La-Hoz and Alfonso
13. Jaime Sanahuja,
Alberto Breva and Jairo
14. Francesc Pernas,
Juan Bautista Ramos,
Vicente Benéitez and Fidel
15. Winner Óscar
Castro Plana next to
Joaquín Torres (First Prize
16. Bogdan Petrenko
and Roman Bozhenko
take their prize from Fran
Silvestre (First Prize
17. The jury chairman,
Rafael de La-Hoz, gives
the trophy to Martín
Lejárraga (First Prize
18. Josep Riu gives the
prize to Carlos Lucas
Nohales and to part of
IV ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011
PROFESSIONALS: FIRST PRIZE
or designer Óscar Castro Plana, “recovering
old buildings for new uses is one of the
incentives afforded by interior design.”
And, in a theoretical exercise, he has created this
Loftpool, a sort of industrial premises with 200 m²,
large windows and a height of five metres, in which
two areas are arranged clearly differentiated by
concept: the central distribution axis is structured
into the traditional areas of a domestic habitat
(kitchen, lounge, bedroom and bathroom) and the
perimeter area provides access among the areas
in use and has two leisure spaces: one devoted
to the body, and the other to the mind. In this
perimeter area, and completing the wet area of
the central distribution axis, Loftpool proposes
to install a swimming lane embedded in a raised
floor. The materials used are: G 980 series, from
Gamadecor (kitchen); Noken elements (Neox
toilet, supplementary Xl Loom basins and Essence
tap gear); spa-bathtub under a top surface, from
System-Pool and from L´Antic Colonial, among
others, Fashion Variation Marines Mosaic
(swimming pool), Natural Oak Rustic Planed
Parquet and Strip Habana, in Dolomite white.
arlos Lucas Nohales (RT+3 Arquitectos) claims that this is not just
an interior design project, but it goes beyond, integrating project,
design and interior decoration into a single concept: the lighting is
general, furniture has an integral character, the materials shape the finishes,
there is no need of ornament, there is nothing specific but function, which
is only shown when the furniture pieces stop hiding their interior. Four main
rooms are generated (bathroom, bedroom, living room and kitchen), which
relate to one another through secondary spaces (spa, dressing room, studio,
dining room and office), all of them revolving around a patio. The furniture
has been devised with Microcemento, from Porcelanosa; Thule Oak,
from L´Antic Colonial; Krion®; Acero and Ukola, from Gamadecor,
and Loft series, from Noken.
IV ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011
STUDENTS: FIRST PRIZE
MOTION IS LIFE
he honourable mention was for
Francisca Forteza Mascaró, from the
Escola Superior de Disseny de les
Illes Balears [Higher School of Design of the
Balearic Islands], for this huge urban loft whose
net floor area covers 200 m². The dwelling has
maintained its connected, open spaces, a major
trait of this kind of space, but at the same time,
the architect has been able to preserve the
privacy of the most intimate rooms. Thus, the
space has a long and narrow shape, and on
the left side we simply find a big piece of furniture that hides the kitchen,
the bathroom and the stairs leading to the upper floor. Its design has taken
into account the effects of natural light and the high-quality materials from
Porcelanosa: manual mud from L´Antic Colonial (Foro, Krabi, Samara
and Mylos, from the Stone Series), Krion® and elements from the Libra
and Arquitect series, from Noken.
otion Is Life is a project devised by the
students Bogdan Petrenko and Roman
Bozhenko, from Kyiv National University
of Construction and Architecture in Ukraine. The
solution they offer is a single space inside a
mobile house, which enables integration of the
exterior and interior space based on the weather
conditions and the characteristics of the terrain.
The interior is designed for active and dynamic
people, since it is not just accommodation, but
also a place to hold parties, meetings, and so on.
The house layout does not rely on symmetry: the
bathroom, one half of which is under the water, is
the heart of the home, occupying its central part;
the lounge is placed in the upper part, and the
kitchen, at a lower level. The functional areas are
spatially combined through interior ramps, and
the lighting is placed in the glazed fringe that
runs along the whole contour of the building. The
interior was enriched with bionic shapes of soft
lines, for which Krion® combined with acrylic
has been used. In sum, individuality, singularity
and simplicity have been the major priorities of
IV ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN AWARDS 2011
COMPLETED PROJECTS: FIRST PRIZE
THE OLD FENCING HALLS – DISARMAMENT
WAREHOUSES – CARTAGENA ARSENAL
artín Lejárraga won first prize with this beautiful rehabilitation of
the old fencing halls (headquarters of the Midshipman School,
19th century), sited in three industrial quarters of the Disarmament
Warehouse building (18th century). As the aim of the project was integrating
the new headquarters of CESADAR (Centro de Supervisión y Análisis de
Datos de la Armada: the Spanish Navy’s Data Monitoring and Analysis
Centre), a clear strategy was followed: to rescue the historic building, to
eliminate the successive alterations in order to recover the original geometry,
and to provide for new infrastructures so that the different functions can be
compatible. The structural elements have been repaired, generating unbroken
spaces based on the original premises; the layout of the stairs connecting the
ground floor access with the first floor sections has been recovered, and the
original pavement has been enhanced through a new raised glass pavement,
which has enabled the preservation and viewing of the original. In order to
attain such goals, 60 x 60 cm Nature Nickel pavement, from Urabatek was
used, and 60 x 60 cm STE raised technical floor, from Butech.
milio Sánchez-Horneros Viver-Sánchez (TASH, Taller de Arquitectura
Sánchez-Horneros) obtained the honourable mention for his project
Casa Elena, with an X-shaped plan. A single-family residence in the
Montesión (Toledo) housing development, whose plot has been used so that
the property can be divided into different areas clearly distinguished by their
character and function: an access area, Italian stairs, garage entrance ramp
and garden; the kitchen garden and two platforms in the front, one with the
swimming pool and lawn and the other one occupied by a vegetable garden.
According to their functionality, the three wings of this house correspond
to day, night, and service areas. Some of the materials used have been the
Pal mixer tap, from Noken; 43.5 x 65.9 cm Silver Blue pavement, from
Porcelanosa, as well as single-coat Ebony Oak, from L´Antic Colonial,
and G500 and G580 kitchen furniture models, from Gamadecor.
THROUGH AND THROUGH
Can Mana, a spectacular private dwelling located in Can Martinet (Ibiza), opens in front to
the Mediterranean Sea, while it lets itself be embraced by the nature of a pine grove on one
side and spectacular views of the historical centre of the city of Ibiza on the other.
Photos: DANIEL BALDA Production: María sejas Balda
Seen in perspective, from
the upper floor terrace
or from the lounge itself,
fully glazed in its southern
façade, the blue of the
infinity pool seems to fuse
with the turquoise of the
WITH IMPRESSIVE VIEWS TO THE SEA,
TO FORMENTERA AND TO THE OLD
CENTRE OF THE CITY OF IBIZA, IT CAN BE
SAID THAT THIS RESIDENCE STANDS IN
AN EASILY ACCESSIBLE TERRAIN.
TOP The lounge is
framed in the upper floor
of the dwelling, a fully
glazed space in which
the ceiling seems to fuse
with the Balearic sky,
and the pavement (White
Microcemento 43.5 x 65.9
cm, from Porcelanosa)
extends towards the
exterior terrace, in which
two trees that come out
through two perforations in
the floor give shade in the
ABOVE AND RIGHT The
sofa area is separated from
the kitchen and its island
by a huge piece of furniture
in dark wood: it is made up
on one side by the fireplace
and on the other by the
functional elements of the
irmly determined to remain simple,
thus is the architecture style
practised by Bruno Erpicum, a
creator of spaces who claims to draw inspiration
from internal thought and who tackles each
project as “a virtual sculpture that grows in my
mind”. A working method that clearly shows in
this idyllic private home named Can Mana and
situated in Can Martinet, on the island of Ibiza.
With impressive views to the sea, to the island
of Formentera and to the old centre of the city
of Ibiza, it can be said that this residence stands
in an easily accessible terrain – as put by the
renowned architect, “close to the city” and “close
to the harbour”.
In a plot with a total area of 3,000 m² and
a floor area of 480 m², the project has been
shaped around two perfectly delimited zones:
according to Erpicum, “a downstairs space called
Introverted, in which the bedrooms are distributed,
and another one, Extroverted, on the upper floor,
occupied by strictly daily functions, in which the
living room is clearly open to the environs.”
As regards the downstairs floor, Bruno
Erpicum explains that every room has a private
garden “whose volumes reflect the size of each
room, and the immediate surroundings greet us
either with a good morning or a good night. At
dusk, the exterior lighting enlarges the enclosed
volume and contributes to the poetry of the
place.” In turn, the main bedroom is completed
with a terrace opened to the sea.
If we are in the hall, in the east side, as the
Belgian architect clarifies, “a slanted plane
invites us to take a walk through a wholly glazed
volume, whose height reaches six metres. It
literally penetrates into the pine grove, and the
‘space-time’ notion can be clearly noticed, each
step discovering another perspective for us and
leading us upwards, to the first floor.”
And there, on the top, in the lounge, if we turn
our eyes 360º, we will find the pine grove on
one side, the beautiful and old city of Ibiza within
its walls (declared a World Heritage Site by
UNESCO) on the other, and the blue immensity
of the Mediterranean Sea on the front.
LEFT The glazed access
ramp invites us to climb up
to the first floor.
FAR LEFT Each element
of the dwelling is
differentiated from the
rest, but they all need one
BELOW Each room has a
private garden and the main
room has a terrace opened
to the sea.
SUCH STABILITY IS NOT AN ACCIDENT,
FOR THE THICK WALLS THAT DEFINE THE
ROOMS SUPPORT THE DENSE CONCRETE
SLAB WHICH FORMS THE LOUNGE AND
TERRACE FLOOR, THE FAÇADE THUS NOT
INTERFERING WITH THE VIEWS.
“Beyond the lounge,” he explains “the roof
slab is blurred and the pavement extends to the
exterior, forming the terrace.” This open-air space
has two little perforations through which the
branches of two trees planted in the bottom level
come in, and which serve as a protection against
the sun during the summer months. “Nature
recovers its rights,” comments this professional
who leads the Ateliers d’Achitecture Bruno
Erpicum & Partenairs.
Either from this ideal terrace or from the glazed
lounge itself, the blue of the infinity pool seems
to fuse with the turquoise of the Mediterranean
Sea. And the harbour can also be seen in the
distance. “We are on an island, in a pine grove
with views to the sea, to the city, to the hills,
to the horizon… Can Mana mocks the size of
its terrain, the magic of Ibiza is present,” Bruno
Erpicum poetically clarifies. And in a more prosaic
manner, he defines the building as “a glass cube
flanked by slab flooring that stretches to form
the terrace, the swimming pool, which gives the
finishing touch to the composition, and crowning
it, is the service pavilion, wholly independent from
the house. And under the terrace, the limits of
the building define a frame over the sea. Two big
soil bases feed the trees: a shadowy space from
which the stairs that double the vertical circulation
start. Each occupant, each component, enjoys
total freedom; however, the building needs all of
them, just as they need the building.”
But this stability is not an accident for Bruno
Erpicum, since the thick walls that define the
rooms support the dense concrete slab that
forms the lounge and terrace flooring; thus, the
façade does not interfere with the views.
In the middle of the upper floor layout, a
large piece of furniture in dark wood serves
as a separating panel for the different spaces,
integrating on one side a bucolic fireplace, and on
the other the functional elements of the kitchen.
Thus, we can distinguish the resting area from
that of the kitchen with its big island, its sink and
cooking area and its breakfast bar. /
The industrial and interior design
studio directed by Manuel Torres
has headquarters in Barcelona and
Sevilla. In their offices, a great team
of professionals highly qualified in
a number of creative fields tackle
such varied projects as housing,
hotels, executive offices and even
commercial spaces such as a sex
shop. They can handle it all: their
secret is creating quality design
and offering signature projects with
customized and innovative solutions.
Text: Sukeina Aali-Taleb
“ALL MY PROJECTS HAVE A
FOR THEIR TIMELESSNESS
OF THE MATERIALS AND
TEXTURES USED, AND FOR
THE EXCLUSIVE DESIGN
OF ALL THE ELEMENTS THAT
MAKE them UP”
anuel Torres Arquitectura Interior is one of the foremost studios in our national
panorama. They accept different kinds of projects, and their success lies in tackling
each new project with keen enthusiasm, without prejudices and adapting to the
client’s needs. They work in a team headed by Manuel Torres, who has extensive academic
preparation and professional experience. After completing his studies in Sevilla – where he
graduated as Auxiliary Technician in Industrial Design and Project Technician in Building – he
rounded off his training in cities like Milan and Miami, where he started his professional career
as an industrial and interior designer in leading studios. Finally, he settled in Barcelona, where he
founded his studio in the year 2004. It expanded in 2010, with new offices in Sevilla. Lifestyle has
talked with him about his views on the world of interior decoration and architecture, his upcoming
projects and quality design.
Why did you choose to open your studio in Barcelona?
When I completed my studies and experience abroad, I decided to establish my own studio in
Spain, and if I chose the city of Barcelona, it was for its location and cosmopolitan character and,
above all, because this city has become an important benchmark in design at a European and
As you are a particularly active person who not only directs your studio, but also
teaches and participates in conferences and talks, how do you see the world of interior
architecture and design in Spain?
My vision is widely positive. Indeed, obviously the talent behind Spanish architecture and design
OPPOSITE PAGE Project “A Movie Lounge”, Casa
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Trento Selection boutique,
which gave elegance, versatility and personality to
the project, apart from the industrial design of the
furniture, creative photography and prints; lounge of
a home in Barcelona’s Eixample, with an eclectic style
that combined the restoring of original elements with
novel elements; Art Suite Hotel, with an urban, elegant
and contemporary character; worktop area in the sex
shop and the Directors floor of the Grupo Eurofred
corporate building in Barcelona: 350 m² distributed
in a functional and fluid way, where natural light has
been maximized; and technical and decorative lighting
has joined home automation.
are internationally recognised. Nowadays, my specific vision
of interior design in Spain is paradoxical, for the economic
situation we are experiencing is somehow specifically
benefitting reliable and professional studios and rooting
out those who practiced our profession with no proper
qualification – a practice that heavily harmed the sector
before, as they proliferated during the heady market of the
real estate boom. All this points to a customer who, more
than ever before, wants to make a profitable investment
through the right design.
How do you tackle each new project?
Every new project that comes into the studio, we tackle it
just as if it were the first one, that is to say, with the largest
measure of hope and energy that you can have when it comes to facing new challenges and
experiences. For me, each project is a challenge – I must reinvent myself starting from scratch. Each
commission deserves a different treatment for its typology, situation or, maybe the most important,
the client’s actual needs.
You have accomplished a great variety of projects, from hotels to executive offices to
residential projects. Could you highlight one of them?
Perhaps the most outstanding has been our interior design project for a sex shop, which represented a
big creative challenge, for we tried to escape at all times the aesthetics that usually come along with this
kind of activity, in order to create a comfortable, serene and elegant atmosphere. Our conceptualisation
of the project intended to break with the preconceived ideas or the taboos associated with this type
of business, developing a project that would deviate from the tasteless while managing, through an
elegant design, to puzzle the pedestrians drawn by the shop’s aesthetics. The greatest reward was
that our client obtained a higher volume of sales, and also that we received the Award to the Best
Commercial Interior in 2009 in recognition of this project.
Is there any common element for all your projects?
Actually, each project is different, just as each client is different, too. However, it is true that they all
follow the same philosophy of obtaining excellent results while acting on sound logic and coherence
in all creative processes. All of them have a very personal seal, characterised by timelessness and
rationality, for an homogenisation of all materials and textures used and for the exclusive design of
all the elements they are made up of, thus creating both functional and elegant atmospheres. If I had
to define my spaces, I think I’d do it as follows: signature spaces, avant-garde spaces, elegant and
Your studio also develops products of industrial design. Could you comment on this
From the studio we also offer companies our services as experts in design, so as to develop their
products or to manage the design area inside their corporate structures. Basically, we put design at
the service of industrial innovation, for we understand it as an essential factor for innovation.
What projects are you busy with today?
Today we are developing several interior design projects in the residential field and for the Contract
sector. We’ve undertaken to develop a new franchise chain, a corporate office building and a
professional showroom. We have also scheduled to start a new project for a luxury hotel. As regards
the area of product design, we are developing lighting elements and furniture collections.
Some project that you’d like to fulfil.
I have always been powerfully drawn to the idea of creating a multifunctional space for leisure, which
would allow me to make a highly theatrical, set design atmosphere, in which all materials, textures,
colours and lighting could be combined as much as really possible.
How has the experience been of collaborating with Porcelanosa Group in the creation
of a table made in Krion for Casa Decor Barcelona?
The experience has been fully satisfactory. In fact, now we often incorporate Krion to devise our projects.
We were also pleasantly surprised by the product’s creative possibilities and technical characteristics,
also with a wide range of finishes and colours. I’d also highlight the possibility of having worked jointly
with Porcelanosa Group, who has clearly proved its great technical capability in the manufacture of
this element in record time, with finishes and, above all, surfaces of really high quality. /
“EACH PROJECT IS A
CHALLENGE – I MUST
REINVENT MYSELF AND
START FROM SCRATCH. EACH
COMMISSION DESERVES A
DISTINCT TREATMENT FOR
ITS TYPOLOGY, SITUATION
OR, MAYBE THE MOST
IMPORTANT, THE CLIENT’S
Once upon a time there was a Mallorcan hotel
group with 25 years of experience behind
it that never stopped reinventing itself. Its
latest big commitment – with materials from
Porcelanosa Group and in harmony with the
evolution of the new Caribbean travellers – was
a five-star hotel with all modern commodities.
Text: ROSA MARQUÉS
BARCELÓ BÁVARO PALACE DELUXE
A PARADISE IN
THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
OPPOSITE PAGE Bávaro
Beach, Punta Cana, in the
Dominican Republic and
aerial views of the area in
which the hotel Bávaro
Palace Deluxe sits.
ABOVE The private
60-metre swimming pool in
the Presidential Suite. An
exclusive room in the Club
Premium, whose floor has
been made in 60 x 60 cm
Factory Corten and 60 x 10
cm Factory Corten edging,
both from Porcelanosa.
In turn, the Deluxe
Presidential Suite consists
of a main room connected
with two additional rooms,
and a wonderful terrace
with panoramic views to the
ometimes paradise is closer than we think. At only nine hours away
on a direct flight from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean, you will find
one of those places created by Nature – and with man’s involvement
and help – for complete rest.
In the world famous East Coast of the Dominican Republic, where the
development which turned this country into the number one in beaches
with white and fine sand and crystal clear waters, lies Bávaro Beach,
described by UNESCO as one of the best beaches in the world and
protected by coral reefs (at only 800 metres off shore) that turn the sea
into a calm and surfless “natural pool”. This five-star hotel, which since
ABOVE Lounge in the
Casa Club (Guest Service),
with 60 x 60 cm Factory
Corten floor and 60 x 10
cm Factory Corten edging,
from Porcelanosa; the Kyoto
Japanese Restaurant & Sushi
Bar, with floor in 44 x 66 cm
Tissue Silver, from Venis, and
covering in 31.6 x 90 cm
Glass Anthracite and 31.6 x
90 cm Flower Anthracite, from
Porcelanosa. Materials from
Porcelanosa Group have also
been used in other restaurants:
the French (floor in 44 x 66 cm
Tissue Gold, from Venis); the
Italian (floor in 60 x 60 Crystal
Floor Dark and Crystal Floor
White 60 x 60 cm, from Venis);
the Dominican (19 x 120 cm
Fresno, from Porcelanosa) and
the Spanish one (19 x 120
cm Chestnut Casona from
Porcelanosa); in the spa water
and gangway area 44 x 66
cm Black Anti-slip Caucasus,
from Venis has been installed.
Remarkable is the use of 44 x
66 cm Floating Black Anti-slip
Caucasus, a Butech STE
system, for the terraces of the
steak house. Seafood, and the
ABOVE RIGHT Interior of the
hotel in whose lobby the floor
60 x 120 cm Beige Caucasus,
from Venis, has been used. The
44 x 66 Beige Caucasus, from
Venis, has been used in the
theatre, the shopping centre,
spa and international buffet.
its opening has become a must on the Coconut Coast, opened its doors
as a response to the needs of the ever more demanding travellers who
love the Caribbean Sea. Those who ask for more exclusivity and comfort
have found in this hotel (with flawless all-inclusive service) their natural
habitat. The Hotel Bávaro Palace Deluxe, on the beachfront in a resort of
several hotels, the Barceló Bávaro Beach & Resort & Convention Center,
has made its gastronomy and its spa two of its biggest undertakings. All
accompanied by an interior design in harmony with the hotel’s exclusivity
– to this end, latest-generation materials from the firm Porcelanosa
have been used, which merge with and enhance the beauty of this
(Chief Marketing Officer)
LEFT Junior Suite Deluxe, in the Club Premium.
ABOVE Family Junior Suite Deluxe and the spa’s relaxation room,
a space in whose Blue Spa area two saunas, three Turkish baths,
an ice fountain and Vichy, contrast, Scottish, essence and bithermal
showers with essential oils, from System-Pool, were installed.
landscape of white beaches hugged by coconut palms. The interior of
the hotel, with each ceramic detail that we tread on, reminds us of a land
of unsurpassable multicultural wealth. Hence its lobby gives life to the
mixture of native Spanish and African cultures with the use of carved
wood from tropical specimens and coralline stone. Around the hotel, a
spectacular tropical garden invites you to breathe the full fragrance of the
Caribbean Sea, whereas in its warm interior spaces, the design elements
constantly refer to the green luxuriance of the country. The hotel was
refurbished, mainly in its rooms and Casa Club, which measures 45,000
m2, by architect Jaume Torrens. /
The hotel chain Barceló Hotels
& Resorts has boasted of one
of the best hotels in the area
for months: “A product 100%
renewed and up to the minute
in the market,” according to
Jaime Buxó, who highlights the
novelties of “the new B-Rooms,
equipped with the latest technology” and the “new Casa Club, with
an entertainment Boulevard, the actual epicentre of the hotel, in which
there is a shopping centre and the U Spa, Casino, Theatre, thematic
restaurants and bars.” Certainly, gastronomy has been one of its main
attractions. Jaime Buxó emphasizes the great choices, for “each of the
nine restaurants delivers an unmistakable gourmet experience, through
which guests are conveyed to different corners of the world, from the
minimalist tradition of Japanese cuisine to the exciting tastes and colours
of Mexico, the sophisticated treats of French gastronomy, not forgetting
the unique experiences of Spanish and Italian cuisine... and the fun
and atmosphere of a steak house.” One of the favourites is the Kyoto
Restaurant. If there, ask for its delicious teppanyaki.
8 BRANDS / 8 ARCHITECTS
The Group’s brands
are united in this
atmosphere to create a
unique and idyllic space
with views to the sea
and exclusive details.
The Outdoor Pacific
V4 Spa, from SystemPool, structures all the
such as the Brazil Slate
pavement and covering
(44 x 66 cm Ston-Ker)
and the Ipe Iguazú
natural wood pavement
10 x 240 x 2.2 cm, from
Eight highly reputed architects have
chosen to share with Porcelanosa Group
their approaches to the profession.
We have chosen to crystallise their
thinking in eight of the best atmospheres
from the latest Ceramics, Kitchen
and Bath Fair 2011.
Rafael de la-Hoz Castanys
“Architecture should embrace everything from the biggest down to
the smallest – from town planning to the design of the most minimal
detail, for it makes up a whole, a specific way of understanding and
occupying the space, of perceiving and enjoying it.”
URBATEK The serenity
of this atmosphere comes
favoured by the texture
and colour of the porcelain
pavement in 80 x 80 cm
Black Polished Tribeca
that invites walking on its
high-transit surface that has
no enamel on it. Urbatek
thus boasts of toughness,
but also of an exquisite
design for the most intimate
corners in the home.
system-pool This brand from Porcelanosa Group
has endeavoured to prove the versatility of its novel Krion®
by devising this modern façade from Butech, whose irregular
lines make the windows ‘dance’ and whose decorative
finishes remind us of a ruler’s scale. An aspect that has
been accomplished by the tact, resilience and mouldability
of Krion®, an ecological and antibacterial material, extremely
resistant, jointless and easy to clean and repair.
“We are immersed in the
universal transformation from
the 20th-century industrial city
model to the information and
culture cities of the 21st-century.
We are moving from production
cities to cities made for exchange.
Architecture should assimilate
and express this new reality.”
“I believe that design
is not just a label
that gives quality
to objects, but
that defines the
need to study and
create projects that
with the whole
of our material
l’antic colonial The Kathmandu
Bioprot slate (40 x 80 x 1.5 cm) is the star of
this space: we find it in its polished finish in the
pavement and in Natural Home for the covering.
This one comes accompanied in the main wall
by the Feel Wood mosaic (30 x 30 x 1 cm), a
surprising and meshed material made in natural
wood, different and sophisticated at once. In
addition, the surprising forms of the White Future
Athens bathtub (216 x 80 x 54 cm) imbue the
whole space with modernity. An atmosphere
completed with a Trend basin – matching the
bathtub – (68 x 39 x 13 cm) on a worktop in
Pampa Slate (160 x 60 x 2 cm) and a Tower
Warm Walnut furniture composition in its versions
2C Chest of drawers (37 x 60 x 40 cm) and 2
P Shelf (60 x 37 x 40 cm). The wall-embedded
mixer basin tap gear, from Noken, is in the Soft
model, and the Irta bath/shower mixer tap is
installed onto the pavement.
GAMADECOR The brand from Porcelanosa Group
that specializes in kitchens introduces us to a modern
and cosy atmosphere in which this essential home space
would have nothing to envy of the remaining, more private,
rooms. A highlight is the central island with its irregular
lines, in which 90-degree angles have been dismissed and
the sloping has taken possession of the central space. The
drawers in the fronts of the work area are in the Nocturnal
Steel G575 model and, in turn, the service area is structured
around several storage columns made in the eclectic Ukola
model, from Gamadecor. The composition is completed
with a worktop made in Krion®, a solid and surprisingly
mouldable material from System-Pool that, thanks to its
antibacterial properties, is very suitable for kitchens.
architecture as a
vital activity related
to ideas and life.
The challenges of
bridging the distance
between science and
art, between thought
and feeling, render
when architecture is
turned into reality.”
“Beyond the issues
posed to architects
by the financial
crisis, a new
before us in which
such concepts as
social impact of
the work, and respect for the
natural landscape and the
city have become priorities in
architectural conception and
PORCELANOSA The pavement of this
Porcelanosa atmosphere (43.5 x 65.9 cm Ocean Tibet
Ston-Ker) provides so much character to the space
that it is virtually unnecessary to add more decorative
elements. The mixture of grey, ochre and brown
tones makes the Ocean Tibet the perfect ally
for lounges like this – serious, refined and full of
personality. Moreover, the surprising texture
will not go unnoticed by any guest.
“Architecture should become a leading discipline in this new age of
respect for the environment and guiding ethics. The way to approach
sustainability should be intimately linked to the place where buildings
stand and to their socio-political and cultural context. Social awareness,
a higher cultural level and different advertising campaigns will
transform the new generations into true champions of sustainability. In
a very short time, non-sustainable aspects will not even be imaginable.
Besides, architecture is a discipline to be developed in a team.
The integration of the different specialists is essential in any project.”
butech As versatile as the understanding
of architecture practiced by these architects
is the Krion® material, from System-Pool, with
which Butech has covered the façade of this
shop belonging to a well-known fashion company
located in Madrid’s busy Preciados street.
Interesting is the way in which the artificial lighting
forces its way out among the Krion® plates on the
façade, creating a layered effect.
luis Alonso y
“Here in Alonso &
Balaguer we have always
believed that ‘fashion goes
out of fashion’, hence
we flee from approaches
typical of such fads.
Our architecture must
allow flexibility for every
kind of user.”
noken Achieving a
sanitary atmosphere with
soft but well-defined lines
is really simple with the
elements from the Soft
series, from Noken. From
the showerhead with two
outlets (rain and cascade)
to the movable shower jets,
as well as the embedded
thermostats and the
backflow valves, the Soft
shower composition is
perfectly integrated into
the wall so as to conceal
its purely functional
aspect and thus become a
decorative element that has
little or nothing to do with
more traditional taps and
venis This firm belonging to Porcelanosa Group has
accustomed us to its creation of elegant spaces in which
no element is out of tune from the rest and, as a whole, they
all form a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy one’s time.
This room with an integrated bathroom is striking for its
spaciousness and visual harmony, in which walls (59 x 100
cm Mykonos Nickel covering) and ceiling seem to merge
creating an infinite vanishing point. The pavement (Montana
Ash 19.3 x 120 cm) with a dark tonality contrasts with the
freestanding Almond bathtub (Krion® Stone), from SystemPool. Both basins consist of mixer taps in the Urban model,
from Noken, and Folk Linen / Sheen White furniture, from
for the work
becomes a part
of the identity of
those who inhabit
it. The home or
are a faithful
reflection of the
people who live
and work in them,
their personalities or corporative
cultures. This dialogue seeks
comfort and also utility,
examining the conflicts and joys
of daily acts in human life, which
define architecture as against
other arts. The response given
to these concepts, made with
intimately subjective parameters,
characterises the projects and
makes each one different from
The Studio Domæn
Design, headed by Chris
Lowe, was responsible for
refurbishing and bringing
this spectacular home to life
in Woodland Drive, Beverly
Hills. So as to fit the existing
structure – from the 50s –
with contemporary details,
the studio used materials
from Porcelanosa Group.
On the façade of this
house, located at 1060
Woodland Drive, Beverly
Hills, the Ipe natural wood
combines to perfection
with the traditional stucco.
The floor of the grand
room can be appreciated
from outside the house:
60 x 60 cm grounded
polished Town Nieve
stoneware, from Urbatek.
AT THE TOP OF DESIRES
Text: marta sahelices Photos: Michael McCreary
iving and working in Hollywood draws
many comparisons of our work to that
of the movie industry. Our craft is an
art, much like film and television. Just like how
an actor gives life to a script, our job is to give a
design life, and much like cinema directors, we
are skilled with lighting, and colour.” This graphic
depiction is by Chris Lowe, the founder of
Domæn Design, the company that accomplished
the interior design of this spectacular private
house in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles. A spacious
landscaped property of almost 2,000 m², with
an interior area of some 550 m² housing four
bedrooms, four bathrooms and a half bath.
Both the interior design and refurbishing
of this fabulous home have introduced a
modern contemporary design into an existing
structure originally built in the 50s, which bore a
modernist frame work and naturally lent itself to
the striking expansion taken over. In this sense,
the use of colours had a great influence – with
it, as Chris Lowe explains, he tried to create a
“stark luxury feel”. To this end, several variations
The floor of the grand
room (60 x 60 cm
grounded polished Town
Nieve stoneware, from
Urbatek) was chosen as
a reflective surface to
multiply the light that
streams in from the
outside through the large
windows, as well as to
visually join this space
with the kitchen and the
other rooms on the first
floor. Materials from
Porcelanosa Group have
been used to refurbish this
house, such as 31.6 x 44.6
cm and 31.6 x 90 cm Steel
Glass and White Glass,
from Porcelanosa; 37.7
x 66.3 cm White Leather
Twin, from Porcelanosa,
and 30 x 30 x 1.5 cm White
Mosaic Baia Stone, from
“THE FLOOR WAS CHOSEN AS A REFLECTIVE SURFACE
TO MULTIPLY THE LIGHT THAT STREAMS IN FROM OUTSIDE AND MAKE
THE GRAND ROOM VIRTUALLY SEAMLESS WITH THE KITCHEN AND
OTHER ROOMS OF THE FIRST FLOOR”
of wood finishes were used to “make the house
warm and offset the hard textures,” claims this
creator of spaces.
On the other hand, “the floor was chosen as
a reflective surface to multiply the light that is
coming from the outside and make the grand
room virtually seamless with the kitchen and
other rooms on the first floor,” says Lowe. In
addition, “it makes the light penetrate deeply
into the belly of the house, so that all areas of
the house are well lit during the day.”
Concerning the exterior, Ipe natural
junglewood was used for the façade in contrast
with the traditional stucco, “to allow the house to
blend in with the hillside that it sits on.”
The dazzling grand room is Chris Lowe’s
favourite place, for it “ties all the spaces in
one coherent format. In order to access any
part of the house you will inevitably encounter
this space or pass through it. Thus this space
is the core element, and everything else was
designed around it. It is a large void that in
essence attracts all the other functions of the
house together for their primary activity.”
The rest of the house was purposely designed
so that the spaces are interconnected and there
is a flow from the private to the public areas,
while they become distinct by way of locating
all the private areas on the second floor. An
organisation that is not superfluous at all, since
most of the spaces were designed “with three
things in mind, the client’s needs, the design’s
overall consistency and budget,” comments
Lowe, who thanks to the narrow relationship
maintained with its owner Amir Kalantari, “whose
close understanding and support for the design
made it one of our most successful projects
to this date.” As the interior designer recounts,
“this success can be measured by the house
being continually used as backdrops for movies,
television productions and advertisement
commercial featuring Hollywood’s A-list stars.”
It is noteworthy that all the cabinetry inside
the house was designed and manufactured
by Domæn Design in their Anaheim facilities,
in California, which has allowed a total
“MOST OF THE SPACES WERE DESIGNED WITH THREE
THINGS IN MIND: THE CLIENT’S NEEDS, THE DESIGN’S OVERALL
COHERENCE AND BUDGET”
The floor in the kitchen
and the grand room is
one and the same (60 x
60 cm grounded polished
Town Nieve stoneware,
from Urbatek) to create
an optical effect by which
all spaces look like a
single whole and only
become distinct for their
arrangement within the
house. On the other hand,
all kitchen furniture
was designed and
manufactured by Domæn
Design, a studio that really
cares for every small
detail in their projects.
customisation and utilisation of every inch of
space. A personal and special working method
that defines the projects of this young studio
made up of Chris Lowe and Arshia Vandod
in the design area and James Afrand and Art
Conriguez in the final manufacture process.
With innovative solutions and a limitless
love of detail, Domæn has completed many
remarkable projects that range from furniture and
interior items of their own creation to signature
restaurants and luxury homes in Beverly Hills and
Hollywood Hills – we should not forget that in
2007, and for the second year in a row, Coldwell
Banker listed Beverly Hills properties as the most
expensive in the United States, with an average
home price of over $2.2 million. /
“OUR CRAFT IS AN ART, MUCH LIKE FILM AND TELEVISION.
JUST LIKE HOW AN ACTOR GIVES LIFE TO A SCRIPT, OUR JOB IS TO GIVE A
DESIGN LIFE, AND MUCH LIKE CINEMA DIRECTORS, WE ARE SKILLED
WITH LIGHTING, AND COLOUR”
DRESSING ROOM Each
and every cabinetry detail,
both in the bedroom and
in the dressing room,
have been designed and
produced by Domæn
Design. And the bedroom
floor is 60 x 60 cm
grounded polished Town
Cosmos stoneware, from
LEFT Covering in
1.5 x 14.8 cm Mosaic
Glacier Mix Metallic
Tobacco, glass with a
metallic effect, from
L’Antic Colonial. Tap gear:
Square, from Noken.
FAR LEFT Covering in
33.3 x 59.2 cm White Line,
from Venis, and 5 x 5 cm
Black Lined Mosaic
Imax, from L’Antic Colonial
and Nora mixer tap,
BELOW 31 x 90 cm Glass
Anthracite covering, from
The spectacular power
of this geyser proves the
potential energy of
the Earth that Geotermia,
from Butech, has been
able to tap.
AN ENERGY SOURCE
Geothermics, a system through which the heat
stored deep within the Earth’s crust is extracted, has
been developed by Butech, a company belonging to
Porcelanosa Group: a high-efficiency energy alternative
to conventional heating and cooling systems.
impact, and can be adapted to the new building
The soil is an inexhaustible source of heat, and
geothermic energy is a renewable energy source
stored under the Earth’s surface in the form of
heat. Unlike other renewable energies, such as
sun or wind, geothermic energy harnesses the
The geothermal system has no visual impact, for it is buried under the ground. On the other hand, the energy savings are substantial
and, consequently, it is a cheaper energy source (moreover, it is subsidized by Spain’s different autonomous communities).
eothermics is no longer a fantasy
but a reality that, owing to its many
advantages, will undergo substantial
advances in the coming years. A source of heat
with no supply variations, it does not release
emissions into the environment, has an extremely
low rate of energy consumption and no visual
Earth’s heat. Starting from a certain depth, the
temperature of the soil remains unchanged all
year round, which enables a secure supply of
calories to the home in the form of hot water
or heating, affording well-being and comfort
to interior spaces: a revolutionary form of
sustainable energy use.
Geothermics is based on extracting the heat
stored under the ground. As we go deeper into
the Earth’s crust, the temperature goes higher,
and starting from ten metres deep, it remains
unchanged all year round and invariably the
same day and night. This energy contained under
the ground is harnessed through underground
pipes that go to a geothermal heat pump. As
explained by César Morales, responsible for the
Geothermics Product, “geothermics consists
of HVAC (heating, cooling, hot water, swimming
pools…) through a geothermal heat pump that
produces exchanges with the subsoil’s constant
temperature, and not with the exterior, thereby
allowing for more savings than a conventional
heat pump”. Apart from saving energy, one of
the major advantages of this kind of energy
is precisely its economic savings from the
In Butech, the
method starts with a
detailed study of the
project. Next come the
drillings, soil displacements
and pipe installation that
allow implementing the
very moment in which this system comes into
operation and throughout its life cycle. “In addition,
it is subsidized in 40 per cent by all our different
autonomous communities. The Government itself
encourages (through said subsidies) replacing
conventional pumps for geothermal heat pumps,”
César Morales adds.
On the other hand, geothermal energy is
the heat energy that the Earth transfers from
its internal layers towards the outer part of
the Earth’s crust. Only a part of this heat can
be tapped by man given certain technical and
economic conditions. Thus, geothermics intends
to develop that heat energy from deep in the Earth.
Based on temperature, its uses and applications
may vary. For instance, if the temperatures
are below 25°C, the usage possibilities are air
conditioning and hot water for use in the home. It
is an ideal system to be installed in buildings or in
single-family dwellings, since, although the initial
investment is higher than that of a conventional
system, its maintenance and operation costs are
really low, which makes for especially attractive
In line with the growing demand of sustainable
energies in contemporary society, Butech
has committed to Geothermics and conducts
installations of this kind of system. From a
practical viewpoint, the working method starts
with a detailed study of the project. Next come
drillings, soil displacements and pipe installation
to implement the geothermal system. Once
its correct operation has been verified and
monitored, the maintenance of the system is very
simple. It is limited to electronic components, so
that the wear and tear of all other materials is
very low as compared with other systems.
Geotermia, from Butech, becomes in this way
the first company in the sector that after years
of research is committed to this energy source
in order to provide the HVAC industry with the
best technology – a technology geared towards
sustainable energies, consumption savings and
optimisation in system maintenance.
The projects conducted by Butech concerning
Geotermia are already underway and we will
very soon see that the exploitation of the heat
coming from under the Earth’s surface will be
more familiar and absolutely accessible, as well
as convenient from an economic viewpoint. /
AVANT-GARDE AND DESIGN
The architecture studio managed by Deborah Berke in Manhattan enjoys recognition
for its wide range of projects. Hotels, art galleries, commercial buildings and even
sophisticated homes in New York’s SoHo: all of Berke’s work outstands for her distinct
and special care of details, her elegance and her balanced shapes.
Text: Sukeina Aali-Taleb
eborah Berke is not new to designing
interiors with a personality and
character of their own, as her studio
has been around since the 80s, now with a team
of over 32 professionals – including architects,
designers and technical and administrative staff.
They all work under Berke’s orders in a perfect
atmosphere of collaboration characterised by
a transparent flow of information. Her projects
can be seen in the United States, as well as
in the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Berke
doesn’t reject a project that may be placed at
the avant-garde of design, and although her
beginnings were not easy, today her work is
widely recognised and her studio, one of the
most reputed in New York City.
In the 70s, the American architect combined
WHEN EMBARKING ON A
PROJECT, THE ARCHITECT
ALWAYS TAKES INTO
ACCOUNT WHAT HER
CUSTOMERS WILL USE IT
FOR, AND THE TIME AND
PLACE COORDINATES, WHICH
“HERE AND NOW”
OPPOSITE PAGE The 21c Museum Hotel Louisville
(Kentucky) exhibits works on its walls
by internationally renowned masters along with others
by emerging artists.
her studies in architecture with a part-time
job as a model. That allowed her to pay for
her university fees so that one day she could
reach her objective – namely, to become a
renowned architect. She soon started to work
in the Institute for Architecture and Urban
Studies, where she met important architects,
like Peter Eisenman and Kenneth Frampton. It
was in 1982 when she signed her first work, a
building in Florida – although the money, in this
case, did not match her efforts. Later on, at the
beginning of the 90s, and having connections
with people from the worlds of photography
and fashion, Berke designed the apartment
of the famous Creative Director Fabien Baron,
who was so happy with her results that he
recommended her to design Calvin Klein shops
all over the world. Throughout her career, Berke
has created many residential and commercial
projects, in which she always leaves her
personal seal, characterised by an elegant and
Among her most outstanding projects are
the studio of famous photographer Annie
Leibovitz and the home of Caroline Kennedy
and Ed Schlossberg. Some years ago she also
designed the first venue of Marianne Boesky
gallery, in Chelsea. Following these lines, she
has recently finished the 21c Museum Hotel.
Inside its walls, modern rooms and a surprising
gallery of contemporary art, as it is the first
North American museum to be devoted to
21st-century works of art – there are works
by internationally renowned artists along
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT TOP Burton Snowboards clothes
and accessories shop, in Vermont (New York City); by
a canal in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; the private home of
Sospiro Canal House; an interior in Jay Street Building &
Atelier; Easthampton House and Nightclub
at the James Hotel, in Chicago.
OPPOSITE PAGE Outside of 48 Bond Street
(New York City).
with others by artists who are just starting to
make a name for themselves. The elegant and
innovative design of the hotel explains why it is
number one in the ranking of best US hotels as
voted by Traveler magazine, published by Condé
Nast. The New York Times has described it as
“an innovative concept with strong execution
and prompt and enthusiastic service”.
Nowadays, Deborah Berke is involved in the
design of a building in New York’s NoHo. She
also teaches architecture at Yale University.
The architect dares with it all, and takes each
project on as a new challenge. Among the most
original projects created by her studio was a loft
in SoHo – its owner, a graphic artist, asked for
all furniture to have wheels. Berke accepted, and
even designed a wheeled kitchen table. /
> proJects “la Térmica” ResidenTial
with the sea
So that the buildings were environmentally sustainable and
with minimal energy expense, the Grupo Oliveros chose
materials like rustproof steel and ceramics: ventilated façade
from Porcelanosa (37.3 x 65.9 cm Ant Texture Durango Sand
and 37.3 x 65.9 cm Ant Texture Durango Stone). Coverings
and pavements from Venis were also used for the bathrooms
and kitchens of the second phase: 33.3 x 66.6 cm Yemen;
33.3 x 33.3 cm Samara; 33.3 x 66.6 cm Cream Sarriá;
33.3 x 20 cm Cream Sarriá Mosaic; 33.3 x 33.3 cm Cream
Sants; 20 x 33.3 cm White Ossidi; 20 x 33.3 cm Black Tartar
Ossidi and 33.3 x 33.3 cm White Foundry.
he residential development Oliveros-La
Térmica, belonging to Grupo Oliveros, a
project developed by architect Antonio
Góngora, consists of four detached buildings
surrounded by 13,000 m² of common areas in which
gardens, sports areas, play spaces for children and
swimming pools are combined. In order to develop
it in the plots of land on the site of Almería’s old
steam power plant, several challenges had to be
overcome. On the one hand, the buildable area
had to be integrated into the
environs, allowing for cleared
views and spaces and optimal
natural light and ventilation
for all the dwellings, and
guaranteeing that they all have
views to the sea. To this effect,
the architect designed façades
of layered planes with corner
windows. Thus, the residential
development overlooks the sea
like “a ship castle anchored in
a space that was carefully built
after transforming an industrial
area into a place with land and
sea gardens integrated into the habitable spaces,”
according to Góngora. On the other hand, the
aim was to attain environmentally sustainable
buildings, with minimal energy expense in a hostile
environment such as the sea front. This is why
materials like rustproof steel and ceramic tiles were
chosen. And it was here that Porcelanosa offered
the solution of the cavity-wall façade, with an air
layer between the building and its ceramic skin that
is in motion during the summer so as to cool the
building, and that remains stable during the winter. A
new concept of town planning that has garnered for
this residential project the Town Planning and Real
Estate Development Prize awarded by Almería’s
Real Estate Fair (SIAL), for it fosters quality
architecture and town planning that are sustainable
and innovative in the province of Almería. /
1London – and its
Museum of Natural History
– captures the traveller’s
attention with its updated
2 Vannes, in Brittany,
welcomes travellers with
and plenty of historical
3 The Caribbean archipelago
Turks & Caicos is surprising
for its infinite beaches,
seabeds and dream resorts.
3 LIFESTYLE DESTINATIONS
Lifestyle, of Porcelanosa Group, wants to reveal to you three
destinations that are special in many ways: London for its
endless magic and British heart, Vannes for its culture of
gastronomy and well-being, and the archipelago of Turks &
Caicos for its Caribbean views and Eastern spirit.
Photos: DAVID RALITA / aci / D.R.
Abba Queen’s Gate London
LONDON / UNITED KINGDOM
ramed inside a Victorian and recently refurbished building
using modern and functional elements, the Hotel Abba
Queen’s Gate London is located in Royal Borough, in the
Central London borough of South Kensington, just a few metres
away from Hyde Park, the Royal Albert Hall, the Museum of
Natural History and the exclusive shopping area of Knightsbridge
and High Street Kensington. With 90 rooms, it also has meeting
halls, a bar and a gym.
The common areas in this Victorian property have decorative
elements that, although some of them are rather minimalist,
they all offer a modern and contemporary appearance, without
forgetting the comfort expected from an establishment of this
category. Black and white are the tones prevailing both in
floors and in coverings, and in furniture and lamps, too.
The interior design has a modern and also ergonomic style,
and the rooms are fitted with all state-of-the-art trends in
technology, including Wi-Fi. Small details are also important
in this London hotel: fun are the room number plates, evoking
the city’s typical bowler hat, and the roses and orchids that
For the floors at the hotel
entrance and common
areas, 60 x 60 cm polished
Town Cosmos tile, from
Urbatek, has been used.
RIGHT The common
areas of the hotel have
been decorated in fairly
neutral tonalities, black
and white; and 60 x 60 cm
polished Town Cosmos,
from Urbatek, can be seen
in the bar floor.
BELOW Bar; a door
number plate and one of
the hotel’s bathrooms,
fitted with materials
from Noken and Krion
Photos : © Britainonview / Joanna Henderson.
Photo: © Anne Marie Briscombe.
receive the guest with their fragrances and candid and friendly
In turn, the bar is the ideal place to regain one’s strength
after a long day visiting and shopping in the city of the Thames.
Inside this bar, you can have from a snack to one of the rich
international beers included in the select drink list to a wide
selection of Spanish tapas.
The halls for events, meetings and conventions pursue
excellence in their functions and are perfect for their
strategically central situation in such a big and sprawling city
RIGHT The hotel rooms
are comfortable and
are equipped with the
functionality needed so that
your stay is perfect.
WHAT TO DO IN LONDON Answering this question in this space is virtually
impossible, but the best thing might be to begin your day with a walk in Hyde Park
and its beautiful rose garden; next, a visit to the Museum of Natural History (www.nhm.
ac.uk) to discover its wonderful exhibitions. A snack at Tom’s Kitchen and a coffee at
Tomtom’s terrace in Chelsea, then off to finish the afternoon in any of the wonderful
parks and gardens of this district.
RIGHT In the entrance
and common parts
of the spa, floor and
covering from Venis have
59.6 x 59.6 cm Blueker
and 21.3 x 54.8 cm
FAR RIGHT Outdoor spa
to enjoy fine weather
during the warm months:
zenith spa hydra, from
swimming pool and
treatment cabin and ice
L’Odyssée Spa - Bien-Être
VANNES / FRANCE
Photos: ACI, 4Corners/Fototeca 9X12.
ith an area of 600 m² fully devoted to relaxation
and comfort, L’Odyssée Spa - Bien Être introduces
itself as a refined spa with quality services in
which you can combine any kind of treatment, from beauty
routines to Eastern or Japanese rituals, among others. It
has an outstanding 10 x 5 m swimming pool with cascade,
massage jets and underwater music. Ideal for aquagym,
here aquatonic, aquadouce, aquajogging and aquaboxing
are also offered at different times of the day. A sauna,
hammam, spa-therapy area, experience shower, flotarium
and fitness hall complete the indoor spa circuit. The outdoor
spa is perfect for fine weather days, when the temperature
in Brittany grants a respite during the warm months. On the
other hand, the centre also has a beauty and hairdressing
salon for complete and total care of your looks, and a tea
room to bring to a close any of its exhaustive treatments
with total serenity: like World’s Rituals, an endless list of
practices gathered from every corner of the world to satisfy
the client’s needs – Japanese, Indian, African, Mexican,
Indo- Chinese, etc., that invite you to escape in body and
soul (from E30). The beauty firm Payot collaborates with
the spa, contributing its facial and body rituals from the
firm’s emblematic products.
RIGHT By the indoor
swimming pool, 37.3 x
65.9 cm anti-slip Ston-Ker
Osaka Anthracite, from
Porcelanosa, has been
used. In the spa, optical
fibre and steam shower
doors from System-Pool
have been installed.
WHAT TO DO IN VANNES This beautiful town in the French region of Brittany
is so likeable for travellers due to its historical past: construction began on Saint
Peter’s Cathedral and Gaillard Castle in the 15th century and its Wall is 1,500
years old. Visit its quaint 16th-century houses with wood latticework and then enjoy
a delicious crêpe in any of its cute crêperies. Finish off the visit at The Prison Door
and Saint Paterno’s Church.
TURKS & CAICOS / CARIBBEAN
mong tropical vegetation and lagoons, Amanyara Resort,
with its villas and pavilions, offers a contemporary
atmosphere masterly integrated into their Caribbean
environments. Not in vain its premises are perched on a rocky
cliff on Providenciales Island and a few metres away from the
boundless fine-sand Malcolm Beach. For this paradise under
the guise of a luxury resort is in Turks & Caicos, a Caribbean
archipelago, formally a British overseas territory. This holiday
place took its name from the Sanskrit term Aman, which means
“peace”, and Yara, meaning “place” in the language of the Arawak
Amerindians – amongst the first native dwellers of the region.
RIGHT The central pool
of Amanyara resort Turks
& Caicos does not only
reflect the pavilions
and tropical vegetation
surrounding it, but also the
peace and quiet exuded by
this luxury complex.
ABOVE Infinite edge
swimming pool at dusk. The
resort’s overflow swimming
pools have 60 x 60 cm
Avenue Black Texture, from
The Amanyara pavilions are divided into several types: next to
some tranquil ponds and facing the sea, the exclusive 115 pavilion
(also with sea views, but additionally with direct access to a sandy
cove) and the pavilion with a 12-metre infinity edge swimming pool,
surrounded by teakwood terraces and natural vegetation.
On the other hand, you can purchase or hire one of the seafront
Amanyara villas, as well as one by the lake or amidst the tropical
vegetation. With an area of over half a hectare, they may have three,
four or five bedrooms, and surround a large rectangular swimming
pool. Some have separate one-bedroom pavilions and outdoor baths
and showers, but all have a lounge and dining room, an outdoor
dining room and a fully equipped kitchen. There is chef and butler
service to cater for the guests’ needs.
The resort restaurant offers Mediterranean and Asian cuisine and
is divided into two – a heated indoor area and a second one opened
to the sea breezes, both with views to the sea. And its Beach Club
offers casual dining all day long. Amanyara has a gym, a library,
tennis courts and a spa with views to a pond as well as Serenity
Villa, made up of four double treatment pavilions and a reception
and relax pavilion, which offers a huge variety of massages, wraps,
exfoliations, facials and beauty treatments. It also has an outdoor
space for yoga. /
RIGHT Amanyara Bar,
a circular structure with
a very high ceiling under
which you can enjoy
cocktails, exotic fruit shakes
and snacks while waiting
for the sunset.
FAR RIGHT A large
majority of villas and
pavilions have ocean views.
LEFT Double treatment
room in Serenity Villa;
pavilion with views to the
ocean and bathroom in one
of the pavilions, divided
from the bedroom by
WHAT TO DO IN
TURKS & CAICOS On
people usually enjoy scuba
diving along the seabeds
and relaxing with outdoor
Treat yourself with a
delicious and painstakingly
prepared intimate supper
on the beach.
> PROJECTS Hi Panda
A “real” space
100% of Krion and
space on the
of the mirror
Photos: Sebastien Veronese.
fter the great success attained in Asia, with almost 50 shops
scattered throughout China and Japan, Hi Panda has finally
decided to expand to Europe and, as it’s only natural, has
gone for the beautiful city of Paris. A shopping space located in one
of the trendiest areas of the capital by the River Seine, in 15 Place
du Marché Saint-Honoré, in the 1st Arrondissement, just next door
to Marc by Marc Jacobs. Unrivalled Ora-Ïto has been entrusted with
designing the shop using a “self-morphed” architecture that embodies
to perfection the brand’s ultra-contemporary spirit. This has been so
An iconoclastic artist,
Ora-Ïto has been the one
in charge of designing the
shop Hi Panda in Paris with
his habitual and surprising
architecture: the result, a
‘real’ space, created 100%
with Krion® and another
virtual element which is
actually a reflection on a
thanks to the extraordinary versatility of Krion®, the state-of-the-art
solid surface from Porcelanosa Group: made up of natural minerals
and a low percentage of resins, ecologic and antibacterial, it is porefree and with no joints.
Krion® has satisfied all design requirements with its malleability:
Ora-Ïto used it to compose a monochromatic capsule that, joined to
a mirror wall, achieves a constant visual game between “the real and
the virtual”. The iconic Hi Panda logo is represented by way of half
a gigantic sculpture which, when reflected on the mirror in perfect
symmetry, becomes “a whole”. The designer has really managed to
convey in this space the very essence of the brand’s identity, aided by
the extreme cleanliness of the architectural lines achieved by Krion®,
as well as by the graphic universe of Hi Panda itself and its clothes,
toys, accessories, paintings, sculptures and limited editions by Jiji, the
founder of the brand.. /
> porcelanosa in the world
A CORUÑA - SUMINISTROS VIA-MAR
Avda. Finisterre, 11.
T: 981 279 431
BETANZOS - SUMINISTROS VIA-MAR
Avenida Fraga Iribarne, s/n.
T: 981 772 190
FERROL - NEIRA & ORTEGAL S.L.
Carretera Catabois, 258.
T: 981 326 532 - F: 981 324 951
ORTIGUEIRA - NEIRA & ORTEGAL S.L.
Carretera C-642 s/n, Cuiña.
T: 981 400 880 - F: 981 400 883
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA PORCELANOSA
General Pardiñas, 13-Bajo.
T: 981 569 230
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA JOSÉ OTERO
Alto del Montouto. Carretera de la
Estrada, km 3.
T: 981 509 270 - F: 981 819 334
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA PORCELANOSA
Pol. Comercial Costa Vella s/n.
T: 981 530 900 - F: 981 530 901
VITORIA-GASTEIZ - JORGE
Los Herrán, 30.
T: 945 254 755 - F: 945 259 668
VITORIA-GASTEIZ - JORGE
Polígono Jundiz. Paduleta, 53.
T: 945 244 250 - F: 945 247 877
ALBACETE - PORCELANOSA
Polígono Campollano, calle B, no 3.
T: 967 243 658 - F: 967 193 465
VILLAROBLEDO - OLIVARES
MATERIALES DE CONSTRUCCIÓN
Avda. Reyes Católicos, 168.
T: 967 138 105 - F: 967 138 023
ALICANTE - PORCELANOSA
Pol. Las Atalayas, Parcela VI.
Calle del Franco.
T: 965 109 561 - F: 965 106 965
ALCOY - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. de Valencia,
Esq/ Tirant lo Blanc, 27.
T: 965 333 758 - F: 965 333 767
ALTEA - MATERIALS CONSTRUCCIÓ
Avda. de la Nucia,17.
T: 965 841 507
BENISSA - HIJOS DE JUAN RIBES
Avda. de la Estación, 2.
T: 965 730 419
CALPE - HIJOS JUAN RIBES
Avenida Ejércitos Españoles,
Edificio Apolo VII, Local 10.
T: 965 839 105
DENIA - LLACER INSTALACIONES
T: 965 781 635 - F: 965 789 821
ELCHE - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Alicante, 105
T: 966 610 676 - F: 966 610 700
JAVEA - AZULEJOS JAVEA
T: 965 791 036
LA NUCIA - ELDECO FLORENCIO
Carretera Benidorm-La Nucia, km 9.
T: 966 874 360
SAN JUAN - PORCELANOSA
Carretera Valencia, km 88.
T: 965 656 200 - F: 965 655 644
TORREVIEJA - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Cortes Valencianas, 58 Esq.
T: 966 708 445 - F: 965 718 722
ALMERÍA - PORCELANOSA
Avenida Mediterráneo, 2º tramo.
T: 950 143 567 - F: 950 142 067
EL EJIDO - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. N-340, km 411.
T: 950 483 285 - F: 950 486 500
VICAR - PORCELANOSA
Centro Comercial Viapark, Parcela 1.
T: 950 325 575 - F: 950 338 651
Pol.Espíritu Santo C/ Dinamarca s/n.
T: 987 801 570 - F: 987 801 475
AVILÉS - GARCÍA MILLÁN
Gutiérrez Herrero, 11.
T: 985 549 744 - F: 985 544 543
OVIEDO - GARCÍA MILLÁN
T: 985 113 696 - F: 985 110 279
ÁVILA - PAVIMARSA
Pol. industrial Vicolozano - Parcela 2.
T: 920 259 820 - F: 920 259 821
MÉRIDA - PORCELANOSA
Avenida Princesa Sofía, 2.
T: 924 330 218 - F: 924 330 315
BADAJOZ - GALLERY CERAMIC
Carretera N-V Madrid-Lisboa, km 399.
T: 924 229 144 - F: 924 229 143
L’HOSPITALET DE LLOBREGAT PORCELANOSA
Ciències, 65. Gran Vía L’Hospitalet.
T: 932 642 500 - F: 932 007 036
CALAF - PLANELL
Ctra. Manresa Km 31 .
T: 938 698 750 - F: 938 600 181
CANOVELLES - COMERCIAL
Pol. Can Castells, nau 7-8.
T: 938 466 568 - F: 938 409 216
MANRESA - PRAT MATERIALS
C/ Mossen Jacint Verdaguer, 26.
T: 938 741 903 - F: 938 741 903
NAVAS - PRAT MATERIALS
C/ De Mujar, 52.
T: 938 204 033 - F: 938 204 098
PINEDA DE MAR - AMARGANT
Santiago Rusiñol, 96.
T: 937 671 416 - F: 937 670 894
SABADELL - CASANOVA
Avda. Rafael Casanova 24
T: 937 481 015 - F: 937 274 834
ST. BOI DE LLOBREGAT - GARRO
Ctra. Sta. Creu de Calafell, km 10,7.
T: 936 545 952 - F: 938 400 620
ST. FRUITOS DE BAGÉS - CASANOVA
Ctra. De Manresa a Berga Km 1.
T: 938 770 625- F: 938 776 530
ST. PERE DE RIBES - SUMCO
Ctra. De Barcelona C-246 Km 42,4.
T: 938 933 016 - F: 938 741 066
SANT POL - AMARGANT SANT POL
T: 937 600 112 - F: 937 600 411
TARRADELL - JODUL
Ctra. de Vic, Km 5,8.
T: 938 800 800 - F: 938 126 054
TERRASA - CASANOVA
Avda Can Jofresa, nau 4-5. Cant Ptge.
T: 902 934 094 - F: 902 934 099
TORELLÓ - JOAN DOT
C/ Ter, 50.
T: 938 504 646 - F: 938 504 286
VILANOVA DEL CAMI - PLANELL
Ctra. Vilafranca 108-111.
T: 938 060 240 - F: 938 060 239
VILLAFRANCA - SUMCO
Pol. Ind. Domenys II. Avda. Tarragona 136.
T: 938 933 066 - F: 938 936 004
MEDINA DE POMAR - CERÁMICA DE
Avda. Bilbao, 11.
T: 947 192 081 - F: 947 192 082
MIRANDA DE EBRO - LA BUREBA
Camino Fuente Basilio, s/n.
T: 947 323 351 - F: 947 314 589
BURGOS - BIGMAT FONTECHA
Alcalde Martín Cobos, 15. Nave 5 y 6.
T: 947 483 902 - F: 947 483 941
CÁCERES - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Juan Pablo II, 130.
T: 927 236 337 - F: 927 236 205
MORALEJA - BIGMAT CAYUELA
Avda. Extremadura, 26.
T: 927 515 198 - F: 927 147 266
PLASENCIA - ALICATADORES
Avda. del Valle, 59.
T: 927 426 493 - F: 927 426 495
EL PUERTO DE SANTA MARÍA PORCELANOSA
Pol. El Palmar. Carretera
Madrid-Cádiz, km 653,2 .
T: 956 540 083 - F: 956 540 083
ALGECIRAS - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. de Málaga, km 109.
T: 956 635 282 - F: 956 635 285
CÁDIZ - PORCELANOSA
Avda. José León de Carranza,
esq. Plaza Jerez.
T: 956 205 622 - F: 956 266 362
CHICLANA - GRAVIGRES S.L.
Pol. Ind. Urbisur. C/ Severo Ochoa, 57.
T: 956 400 108 - F: 956 400 650
JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA PORCELANOSA
Carretera N-IV. Parque Empresarial,
T: 956 187 160 - F: 956 302 904
OLVERA - ALMECOR
C/ Llana, 47.
T: 956 120 776 - F: 956 120 776
SAN FERNANDO - PORCELANOSA
Polígono Tres Caminos, s/n.
T: 956 592 360 - F: 956 592 833
UBRIQUE - DOCURRI
C/ Fernando Quiñones, 1.
T: 956 461 838 - F: 956 460 384
VILLAMARTIN - AZULGRIF
C/ Rosario, 9.
T: 956 730 687 - F: 956 730 911
SANTANDER - PORCELANOSA
Avenida Parayas, s/n.
T: 942 352 510 - F: 942 352 638
TORRELAVEGA - PORCELANOSA
Boulevard Demetrio Herrero, 1.
T: 942 835 026 - F: 942 881 787
CASTELLÓN DE LA PLANA PORCELANOSA
T: 964 239 162 - F: 964 238 930
VILLARREAL - PORCELANOSA
Carretera Villarreal-Onda, km 3.
T: 964 506 800 - F: 964 525 418
VINAROZ - PORCELANOSA
Carretera N-340, km 1.050,1.
T: 964 400 944 - F: 964 400 650
CEUTA - BAEZA.
Ampliación muelle de Poniente, 96.
T: 956 511 312 - F: 956 511 309
CIUDAD REAL - PORCELANOSA
Carretera de Carrión, Km 1.
T: 926 251 730 - F: 926 255 741
ALCAZAR DE SAN JUAN PORCELANOSA
T: 926 546 727 - F: 926 546 727
TOMELLOSO - PORCELANOSA
Avda. de los industriales, parcela 9.
T: 926 259 206 - F: 926 529 207
CÓRDOBA - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. Nacional IV Km 404.
Pol. de Torrecilla.
T: 957 760 024 - F: 957 760 123
CASTRO DEL RIO - JOSE SÁNCHEZ
Ronda Vieja Salud, 68.
T: 957 372 775 - F: 957 372 775
LUCENA - FRAPECO DECO S.L.
Ejido Plaza de Toros.
T: 957 509 334
POZOBLANCO - ACAIÑAS CABRERA
Ctra. pozoblanco-Alcaracejos Km 3,3.
T: 957 772 999- F: 957 131 170
VILLA DEL RIO - JUAN PRIETO
E HIJOS S.L.
Ctra. Bujalance, s/n
T: 957 177 693 - F: 957 177 335
CUENCA - PORCELANOSA
Hermanos Becerril, 6 bajo.
T: 969 233 200 - F: 969 234 475
CASAS DE HARO - MAT. CONST.
C/ Dos de Mayo, 28.
T: 969 380 708 - F: 969 380 708
TARANCÓN - VICENTE
DE LOS RIOS S.A.
Ctra. Madrid-Valencia, 81.
T: 969 321 323 - F: 969 321 334
VILLANUEVA DE LA JARA ALMACENES PAÑOS S.L.
Camino de Rubielos, 8.
T: 967 498 000 - F: 967 498 000
BLANES - BRECOR SL
T: 972 336 062 - F: 972 358 482
CORNELLA DEL TERRI - OLIVERAS
Ctra. De Girona a Banyoles Km 12,8.
T: 972 594 131 - F: 972 594 552
ESCLANYÀ-BEGUR - MATERIALES
P.I. Riera Esclanya, 1.
T: 972 300 628 - F: 972 610 772
FIGUERES - OLIVERAS
Ctra. N-II Km 759.
T: 972 672 259 - F: 972 672 255
LES PRESSES - OLIVERAS
Pol. Ind. Les Presses. Parcel.la 20.
T: 972 694 704 - F: 972 693 003
PALOL D’ONYAR-QUART - OLIVERAS
Ctra. Comarcal C-250 Km 4,3.
T: 972 468 119 - F: 972 468 123
ARMILLA - TECMACER
Avenida San Rafael. (Junto Sprinter).
T: 958 253 081 - F: 958 183 367
SAN SEBASTIÁN - JORGE
Polígono Belartza. Fernando Múgika, 15.
T: 943 376 966 - F: 943 376 841
HUELVA - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. Tráfico Pesado, s/n Pol. La Paz.
T: 959 543 600 - F: 959 234 652
FRAGA - BERGES CENTRO
Avda. Aragón, 70.
T: 974 471 439 - F: 974 471 439
HUESCA - PORCELANOSA
Pol. Sepes. C/ Ronda la Industria
1-3 nave C.
T: 974 242 738 - F: 974 242 676
PALMA DE MALLORCA PORCELANOSA
Gran Vía Asima, 21 Pol. Son Castelló.
T: 971 430 667 - F: 971 297 094
INCA (MALLORCA)- PORCELANOSA
C/Pagesos s/n. Pol. Inca.
T: 971 507 650 - F: 971 507 656
LLUCMAJOR (MALLORCA) MAGATZEM SES FORQUES
C/ Doctor Fleming, 10.
T: 971 662 114 - F: 971 662 816
SOLLER- C’AN SOLER
c/ del Mar,193.
T: 971 630 219
c/ Via Palma.
T: 971 554 502
CALA D’OR- MACODOR
Ctra. Calonge-Cala D’or.
T: 971 658 210
ANDRAITX - TUCASA
T: 971 113 476
SANT ANTONI DE PORTMANY
Pol. Monte Cristo, s/n. Ctra. Ibiza.
T: 971 317 292 - F: 971 317 293
JAÉN - PORCELANOSA
Polígono Olivares. Carretera BailénMotril, km 323.
T: 953 280 757 - F: 953 284 035
ALCALÁ LA REAL - PAVIMENTOS
Pog. Ind. Fte. Granada. Vial II.
T: 953 582 963
CAMPILLOS DE ARENAS - HNOS.
Ctra. Casablanca, s/n.
T: 953 309 523
HUELMA - VIFERSAN S.L.
C/ Virgen de la Fuensanta, 61.
T: 953 391 413
LINARES - HERNÁNDEZ GÁMEZ S.L.
Ctra. Torreblascopedro, s/n.
T: 953 693 423 - F: 953 693 444
ÚBEDA - HERNANDEZ GAMEZ
Avenida de la libertad, 88.
T: 953 795 168 - F: 953 795 168
VILLACARRILLO - MAT. CONST.
Y SAN. HIJOS MARTÍN SÁNCHEZ
C/ José Rodero Mataran, 53.
T: 953 454 167
LOGROÑO - RIOJACER
Avenida de Burgos, 43.
T: 941 286 021 - F: 941 202 271
LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA PORC. Y PAV. CANARIOS
Avenida Mesa y López, 63.
T: 928 472 949 - F: 928 472 944
SAN ANDRÉS DE RABANEDO PORCELANOSA
Ctra León-Astorga, km 3,5.
San Andrés de Rabanedo.
T: 987 801 570 - F: 987 801 475
EL PONT DE SUERT PRETENSADOS RIBERA
Ctra. N-230 Km 124,5.
T: 973 690 063 - F: 973 690 400
LA SEU D’URGEL MATERIALS PIRINEU
Ctra. de Lleida, 28.
T: 973 351 850 - F: 973 353 410
LLEIDA - PUJOL ELEMENTS
Ctra. Tarragona Km 40.
T: 973 202 350 - F: 973 203 113
GOLMES - ARCIAR
Avda Mediterranea, 40-44 Pol. Golparc
T: 973 601 589 - F: 973 711 448
VIELHA - COMERCIAL RIBERA
Ctra. França, 40 (Mig Aran).
T: 973 641 460 - F: 973 642 271
FOZ - ALMACENES BAHÍA
Maestro Legilde, 6.
T: 982 140 957
LUGO - ARIAS NADELA
Tolda de Castilla, s/n.
T: 982 245 725
XOVE - ESTABLECIMIENTOS REY,S.L.
Avda. Diputación, 88
T: 982 592 006 - F:982 592 071
LEGANÉS - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Recomba, 13.
Pol. la Laguna Salida 53 - M50.
T: 914 819 200 - F: 916 930 292
ALCOBENDAS - PORCELANOSA
Parque Río Norte.
T: 916 623 232 - F: 916 624 607
ALCORCÓN - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. N-V, km 15,5.
Parque Oeste de Alcorcón.
T: 916 890 172 - F: 916 890 170
MADRID - PORCELANOSA
Ortega y Gasset, 62.
Esquina Conde Peñalver.
T: 914 448 460 - F: 914 025 111
MADRID - PORCELANOSA
T: 917 545 161 - F: 917 545 555
MÁLAGA - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Velázquez, 77.
T: 952 241 375 - F: 952 240 092
ANTEQUERA - PORCELANOSA
Río de la Villa, 3. Pol. Industrial.
T: 952 701 819 - F: 952 843 751
MARBELLA - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 65.
T: 952 826 868 - F: 952 822 880
MELILLA - MELIRIF S.L.
Paseo Marítimo Mir Berlanga, 23.
Edificio Athena local.
T: 952 696 174 - F: 952 696 331
MURCIA - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Juan de Borbón, s/n.
Parque Comercial Thader.
T: 968 879 527 - F: 981 831 725
CARAVACA DE LA CRUZ PORCELANOSA
Avenida Ctra. Granada, 20.
T: 968 705 647 - F: 968 705 648
CARTAGENA - PORCELANOSA
C/ Belgrado. Parcela 81.
Pol. Ind. Canezo Beaza.
T: 968 529 302 - F: 968 528 362
LORCA - PORCELANOSA
Ctra. de Granada, 127.
Polígono Los Peñones.
T: 968 478 130 - F: 968 470 820
YECLA - PORCELANOSA
Avenida de la Paz, 195.
T: 968 718 048 - F: 968 718 048
MULTIVA BAJA - MONTEJO CERÁMICAS
Pol. Ctra. Tajonar, Calle 2, Naves 2-4.
T: 948 239 065 - F: 948 230 503
CINTRUÉNIGO - CERÁMICAS CECILIO
Pol. Ind. s/n. Variante N-113.
T: 948 811 973 - F: 948 815 249
PAMPLONA - MONTEJO CERÁMICAS
Navas de Tolosa, s/n.
T: 948 224 000 - F: 948 226 424
TUDELA - MONTEJO CERÁMICAS
Ctra. Tudela -Tarazona.
Pol. Centro de Servicios de Tudela.
T: 948 848 365- F: 948 848 573
OURENSE - GREMASA MNL ABAD
C/ Nosa Señora da Sainza, 48.
T: 988 391 114 - F: 988 250 413
CARBALLIÑO - JOSE R. PITEIRA,S.L.
Avda. Julio Rodriguez Soto, 63.
T: 988 271 071 - F: 988 274 780
PALENCIA - CANTALAPIEDRA
Juan Ramón Jiménez, 4 - 6.
T: 979 706 421 - F: 979 702 652
DENA - PREFABRICADOS DENA S.L.
Rua Galicia, 24
T: 986 743 121
SEIXO, MARÍN - SANEAMIENTOS
Avenida Doctor Otero Ulloa, 1.
T: 986 702 041 - F: 986 702 080
O GROVE - PREFABRICADOS
C/Alexandre Boveda, 82
T: 986 733 230 - F: 986 733 415
LALÍN - ALMACENES CANDA, S.L.
Calle MonserraT, 36-39 - B.
T: 986 780 184 - F: 986 782 301
MOS- BLANCO QUINTAS, S.L.
Monte Faquiña s/n - B.
T: 986 288 041 - F: 986 486 316
VIGO - SANEAMIENTOS ROSALES
García Barbón, 139 - B.
T: 986 228 806
T: 977 660 794 - F: 977 662 217
REUS - SEGURA DISSENY SL
Plz. Del Nen de les Oques, 8. Reus.
T: 977 312 502 - F: 977 317 211
RODA DE BARA CONSTRUCCIONS CIURO
Acceso a Roda de Bara Km 1.
T:977 802 951 - F:977 802 012
VALLS - RAMÓN MAGRIÑA BATALLA
C/ Montblanc 14.
T: 977 600 210 - F: 977 603 302
SALAMANCA - PORCELANOSA
Pol. Villares. Ctra. Salamanca Valladolid, km 2,5.
T: 923 243 811 - F: 923 123 414
TERUEL - GARGÓN
Polígono La Paz, Parcela 143-149.
T: 978 609 661
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE
SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE PORC. Y PAV. CANARIOS
Avda. 3 de Mayo, 18.
T: 922 209 595 - F: 922 209 596
LOS LLANOS DE ARIDANE PORC. Y PAV. CANARIOS
Las Rosas, s/n.
T: 922 461 112 - F: 922 461 166
SANTA CRUZ DE LA PALMA PORC. Y PAV. CANARIOS
T: 922 412 143 - F: 922 420 012
EL ESPINAR - SEGOCER
Carretera Madrid - La Coruña, km 64.
T: 921 172 426 - F: 921 171 828
SEGOVIA - SEGOCER
José Zorrilla, 134. T: 921 444 122
SEVILLA - PORCELANOSA
Pol. Ind.La Negrilla. C/ Tipografía s/n.
(Autovía A-92 dirección Granada)
T: 954 579 595 - F: 954 578 304
DOS HERMANAS - PORCELANOSA
Parque Cial., Zona 2. Doctor Fleming,
Sector 13, Parcela 3.
T: 955 661 368 - F: 955 661 368
LORA DEL RÍO - HERNÁNDEZ
C/ Betis s/n.
T: 955 800 473 - F: 955 801 439
TOMARES - PORCELANOSA
San Roque, s/n. Polígono El Manchón.
T: 954 152 792 - F: 954 153 188
SORIA - MAT. CONSTRUCCIÓN
Polígono las Casas-II. Calles A y J,
T: 975 233 228 - F: 975 232 188
CAMBRILS - MONSERRATE ESTIL
Pol. Ind. Belianes nau 5 Ctra.
T: 977 364 900 - F: 977 364 953
EL VENDRELL - VIUDA
DE ANTONIO FONT
C/ Valls, 12.
TOLEDO - PORCELANOSA
Pol. Ind. Sta. María de Bequerencia.
C/del Río Marchés, 123.
T: 925 232 402 - F: 925 232 406
ILLESCAS - BIGMAT ALOTRANS S. L.
Ctra. A-42, km 32.
T: 925 532 011 - F: 925 51 30 55
ALBUIXECH - PORCELANOSA
Avda. Mediterráneo, Parcela 6.
Pol. Ind. del Mediterráneo.
T: 961 400 561-F: 961 401 078
GANDÍA - PORCELANOSA
Camí Vell de Daimuz, parcela 307.
T: 962 965 105 - F: 962 965 980
PATERNA - PORCELANOSA
Zona Cial. Heron City, Pista Ademuz,
S. 6-7 - Calle V-1. Parc.1 Sec.14.
T: 963 160 348 - F: 963 160 599
SEDAVÍ - PORCELANOSA
Avenida Mediterráneo. Zona Cial.
T: 963 185 021 - F: 963 180 094
VALENCIA - PORCELANOSA
T: 963 530 230 - F: 963 531 688
VALLADOLID - CANTALAPIEDRA
Carretera de Soria A-24, km 5.
T: 983 217 010 - F: 983 200 921
VALLADOLID - CANTALAPIEDRA
Don Sancho, 3/5.
T: 983 217 921 - F: 983 308 292
AMOREBIETA - BILBU
Barrio Boroa, s/n.
T: 946 731 158 - F: 946 733 265
BILBAO - BILBU
T: 944 113 018 - F: 944 128 637
BILBAO - BILBU
Alameda Recalde, 39 - 41.
T: 944 218 625 - F: 944 218 879
ZAMORA - PORCELANOSA
Avenida Cardenal Cisneros, s/n.
T: 980 519 283 - F: 980 529 404
ZARAGOZA - PORCELANOSA
Autovía de Logroño, km 2.
T: 976 403 131 - F: 976 300 094
ZARAGOZA - PORCELANOSA
Plataforma Logística PLA-ZA.
C/ Taormina, 2.
T: 876 269 500 - F: 876 269 389
ZARAGOZA - PORCELANOSA
Parque Cial. Puerto Venecia.
T: 976 930 800 - F: 976 930 603
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> WE’LL BE TALKING ABOUT… A-cero AND porcelanosa
-cero, the architecture and town
planning studio headed by Joaquín
Torres together with his partner Rafael
Llamazares, has recently presented a project for
Porcelanosa’s showroom, industrial premises
of 600 m² whose interior is divided into four
separate areas that have been perfectly devised
to exhibit the materials from Porcelanosa
Group. According to the studio, “the building’s
exterior enclosure has been attained through a
curtain-wall. In the interior, you firstly encounter
the planes (walls) that have been placed with
the idea of simulating a façade. Once you are
inside, the light bathes the flooring and the
exhibited materials in the interior, which lends
more beauty and power to the product”. They
also specify how from the main entrance, and
depending on our position, we will be able to see
the interior or the materials shown. On the other
hand, the project plan has included some trees,
for although an abstract shape, the intention is
to simulate the outside in an interior space. /
ABOVE Architects Rafael
Llamazares and Joaquín
RIGHT Separate spaces
into which the premises of