Birch & Clay Refugio House

RISE Design Studio gave a family with full lives and multiple activities a space for clarity, function and rest at this delightful home in London, England.

  • area / size 1,066 sqft
  • Year 2018
  • Type House,
  • We set out to create a flat for a family of five that maximized flexibility of spaces and storage solutions and reflecting the family’s links with Barcelona.

    The rear section of the flat is for living and working with the front zone of the flat as bathing, sleeping and utility. Maximum flexibility of spaces was key to the client contextual response in terms of materials and colour palette.

    Each space has an emotional response through materials and colours. The daughters obsessed with sea life especially the Blue Whale, which was the inspiration for the bathing space. The dark grey blue of the interior walls and floor emulate the whale and the contrasting ceiling provides warmth to the space. Ceiling is birch plywood fins routed into plywood backboard Tadelakt on the walls and floor.

    The Master Bedroom is light greyish green was chosen as a calming colour. Simple grid-like built in joinery punctuated with small black gnarled knobs, mirrored by clay plaster on the walls and ceiling.

    Design: RISE Design Studio
    Photography: Ståle Eriksen