Garcés - De Seta - Bonet Arquitectes created the concrete private studio for the Spanish painter Arranz Bravo.
The new building is designed for a sole activity: creation, an introspective and solitary experience. This led architects to handle the volume compactly, with a uniform exterior design – layers of insulation and clear stucco in an expressive continuance of walls and cover. All in order to establish a feeling of familiarity with the natural surroundings in an unobtrusive manner. The interior is a fluid and multiple concrete cavity – a direct result of the monolithic structural construction concept and the search for harsh and naked spaces that serve the artistic work that takes place inside.
The plot of land is sloping, with an abundance of trees on the northern face of Tibidabo, and is adjacent to the painter’s house. The small building has the largest –12 m x 13.5 m–, and emptiest painting studio possible, a result of the meeting between the prismatic volume and the land, a workshop for sculpture and a store for the painter’s own work.