Located in a residential area within the coastal town of Castelldefels, Can Garbí offers its occupants bidirectional, angled views. Presided over by a magnificent porch that acts as a cornerstone, the house offers continuity between the interior and the exterior, with a naturalness that seems to remove any barriers between both spaces.
Finished in 2015
The owners dreamt of a large house that would accommodate open spaces and lots of light. As it did not have a large plot of land, the design was spread over two floors in order to maximise the garden area. The cutting edge, boxy design of Can Garbí achieves its purpose, as well as acting as a declaration of its aesthetic intentions.
Wrapped by a window that snakes around it, the spacious porch serves as the home’s central element and is essential to understanding Can Garbí’s layout. The porch not only offers an area of comfort and pleasure in and of itself, but is also responsible for integrating the property’s exterior into its interior. Its dimensions make for the perfect link between the landscaped area with the swimming pool and the covered area, which comprises the kitchen and living room.
Acting as a link, the porch fulfils a dual role: it projects the interior towards the exterior, while integrating the exterior with the interior..
Architect, PMP Prêt-à-porter casas
One of the client’s requests was to make the kitchen a living, dynamic space, given that the family spends a large part of the day in it. The challenge was met by installing large areas of glazing, thus opening out the view towards both the garden area and the entrance to the house. The kitchen’s crowning glory is an island unit that acts as a centrepiece and eases the pressure on space.
The interior design, like the home’s exterior design, follows a minimalist and practical style. Neutral colours and sturdy materials reign, making it easier to keep up with the household chores in a family home with small children, as in this case. There is a predominance of light shades that find their contrast in brief notes of darker tones, lending an air of simplicity and elegance to the home’s ambience.
Interior designer, PMP Prêt-à-porter casas
Can Garbí has the highest energy rating (A). Good orientation, concrete frames, exterior joinery with thermal break profile and good insulation (passive system), as well as underfloor heating by means of aerothermics (active system), are the elements that help to achieve this energy excellence.