Hostel with workshops in Sueca.
Interior Design project for a hostel with activities and workshops in the Old Slaughterhouse of Sueca, Valencia (Spain).
My design is based on the break with the previous use of the building. To achieve this, I had to change the concept of “Slaughterhouse”, creating spaces for culture, art, ecology and rest.
Eco Patio Sueca is a project in which the characteristics of a hostel and those of a social and cultural centre come together to create a different experience.
Since the exterior was architecturally interesting, my intention was to preserve the exterior beauty and try to make a change in its interior, to forget the concept of what it was and create a present and a future in which human relationships are established.
The idea of the white cube is the reflection of the simple, of the clean, of the architecture and the design in the minimum expression. So, to reflect a contrast between epochs and concepts, I wanted to express that idea in the forms and furniture.
The key lining that is repeated in all spaces of the Eco Patio is the 10x10cm square tile. This not only reflects the tradition and culture of Valencian ceramics, but also the idea of simplifying the design to contrast with the excessive ornamentation of the building itself.
To translate my concept to the existing architecture, I studied the spaces and the relationship between them. The building is symmetrical and contains a large patio with a central shed. Therefore, the core of the project must be in the central shed and the patio. This area will be where human and natural relationships are established, where everything is communicated, where I create both human and environmental life. In the areas around it, I had to distribute the spaces destined to rest and activities.
The building respects the solar cycle, the rhythm of a day: we wake up, we stimulate, and we rest.
– (East) The sun rises, I wake up and I do activities.
– (West) The sun goes down, I end the day and I’m going to rest.
The most basic and main zoning becomes the differentiation of three areas within the project:
DAY AREA. Yellow.
MEETING AREA. Green.
NIGHT AREA. Blue.
Yellow and blue create green. This reflects the connection between the areas at a central point. Therefore, there is a connection between the activity that will be carried out in each of these zones and the colour that represents them.