Punt Mobles: Great Furniture made in Valencia

Today we would like to introduce you to Punt Mobles, a renown company from Valencia that offers high quality contemporary furniture.

A year and a half ago, thanks to some friend from Oliva, I had the good fortune of meeting  Vicent Martínez . Vicent Martínez is the founder of Punt Mobles and the author of the furniture design icon "La Literatura", a double shelf unit on wheels.

Shelf "La Literatura" by Punt Mobles

Shelf details "La Literatura" by Punt Mobles

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2014 - London

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion by Smiljan Radić

I have been visiting the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion every summer since 2007. This year is the 14th year that a renown architect that hasn't built yet a building in the UK is commissioned to design a temporary pavilion in Hyde Park, next to the Serpentine Gallery. 

This year's pavilion will be open until the 19th October. If you haven't visited it yet and would like to see it, I would recommend you to go before the 25th August so you can enjoy the Marina Abramovic performance for the same price. 

Picture by @alambiLAB

Tips and ideas for bathrooms: storage space

The bathroom is becoming on of the areas of the house where people exhibits more design. I think this may be influenced by the importance that toilets are getting in bars and restaurants. I don't know about you, but if I eat in a good restaurant, I will  go and check out the toilets as most of the time good food means good toilets, even if that may sound crazy,...

Storage is an increasingly important part of our homes and most of the time we are lacking space to store all of our belongings. 

Which are the things that we want to store in our bathrooms? Which are the things that we want to display and use as decorative elements in our bathroom and which are the things that we want to hide? These are questions that we may ask to ourselves in order to make sure that the design of our bathroom will take into account our requirements. 

In order to display some things and hide others, we need furniture with doors and shelves to display decorative elements such as plants or bath salts that will give a bit of color to the space.

In order to plan for storage space in our bathroom we have several options that we will show you below:
  • Mirrors as a storage space
Delos from Duravit

Decorative tiles: cement tiles and other options

With this post we want to open a new section of the blog where we will be giving you some tips and ideas for your projects.

Today we will talk about decorative tiles: an old fashion that is coming back. We can find this type of tiles at different prices and used in different ways giving a touch of colour to our homes.

  • Cement Tiles

In this project Foreign Bear Studio uses hydraulic cement tiles to mark out spaces. On the left image the tiles are defining a semi-exterior space connected to the courtyard and on the right image the tiles mark out the dinning area like a rug would do.

Cement tiles used by Foreign Bear Studio 

In both cases the cement tiles are combined with concrete flooring.

Mosaic del Sur not only offers a great variety of patterns but they also offer the possibility to design your own mosaics and they will manufacture them in 3 to 5 weeks. These tiles are made in Spain, a country with long tradition in manufacturing this type of tiles. 

U House

We can now see the skeleton of Casa U

Picture by @alambiLAB

U House

The construction of  Casa U continues at a good pace.

Picture by @alambiLAB

In this picture you can see the garage which is almost finished and how the foundations are laid for the rest of the house.

Extension of the Cultural Centre in Pedreguer

A while ago we announced that alambiLAB would be the architectural practice to design the new extension of the Cultural Centre in Pedreguer.

Today we would like to show you and image that suggests how this extension is going to be.

Extension of the Cultural Centre in Pedreguer. Image from @alambiLAB

This is a humble project that will not only provide the Cultural Centre with an extra classroom and some storage space but it will create a small public space to carry out some of the activities of the Cultural Centre. We are providing the town with a different classroom that will allow the contact with the outdoors.

The storage area will have a U-glass cladding that will work as a lantern and will light up the square at night.

With the new extension and public space we hope to reinvigorate this forgotten space in town.

We hope you like it! 

U House

We are on-site!
We have now started the construction of the U House in Beniarbeig (La Marina Alta)

Picture by @alambiLAB

Grand Designs Live, London

Yesterday, taking advantage of the bank holiday, we went to Grand Designs Live in London. The Exhibition will be on until the 11th of May so if you'd like to visit it, there is still time to go.

I am sure that most of you will be familiar with the Grand Designs Show from Channel 4 presented by Kevin McCloud. For those who don't know what I am talking about, Grand Designs is a TV series, first aired in 1999, that features unusual and often elaborate contemporary architectural homebuilding projects.

The Exhibition is held at ExCel London  and is organized in 7 themes (each one of them represented by a different colour carpet): Interiors, Build, Bathrooms and Kitchens, Gardens, Technology and Village.
Map of Grand Designs Live London 2014
This show is mainly addressed to people that is looking to build or to renovate a house but it is always useful for an architect to have a look at what is shown at these places.

Our favourite parts of the exhibition where the areas were some small projects were showcased. 
In the Village area you could visit different small houses: one made of straw, one made of hexagonal rooms that could be added up, a compact house in 12 sqm, a dynamic house, etc,... Some of them were for sale at the end of the exhibition but I have to say that I was very disappointed by the finishes of most of these prototypes. 

Kitchen at the Hivehaus

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