design et al are delighted to announce that Sara Folch Interior Design have been shortlisted for Beach House – Global Award in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2019.
This is a private beach house with an elegant and modern style. The client wanted the exterior to be influenced by Californian Style houses, with a relaxing, informal and comfortable atmosphere. To recreate the California Style the design includes a big iconic swimming pool and palm trees. The manner in which the rooms are spread out, the large doorways and multiple porches allow fluid movement between the spaces. These elements give you the sense of being outside whilst in the comfort of your own home. There are also elements that were inspired by Neoclassicism, such as the tall concrete columns and neutral colour pallet. Other Neoclassical features include clean, elegant lines and an uncluttered appearance.
‘Neo’ meaning new whilst also classical, is a perfect description of this project due to the unusual marriage between Californian style and Neoclassicism. With its classical grandeur, this building can be compared to the likes of a temple, showing real Greek and Roman architectural influences with an added twist of luxury and comfort. The stairs were hand crafted in Barcelona especially for this project. A special miniature scale model was made of the spiral staircase before construction, in order to figure out the problems and find solutions of the design.
The overall design has a real focus on natural lighting and open spaces. The spiral staircase is the primary element of the interior, its sculptural and organic form was custom made especially for this project. The ground floor is mainly for more active pastimes while the upstairs centres around relaxation and tranquillity. Only high-quality, natural materials were used within this design, including a thatched roof, leather sofas and marble floors. The stairs are at the centre of this design not only physically but aesthetically, its dynamic and bold form acts as a sculptural element of the space.