Francesc Rifé Studio enhances historical traces in Valencian apartment

The tiled floor and concrete structure of the 1930s apartment are left exposed in a renovation by the Catalan studio.

In Valencia, Francesc Rifé Studio faced the challenge of renovating an apartment of remarkable architectural prestige. The R Apartment is located inside La Finca Roja, a residential building designed by Enrique Viedma in 1929, which is one of the most emblematic buildings of Dutch expressionism in Spain.

The Catalan studio's intervention is based on the preservation of the most important historical traces: the ceramic floor, featuring varied decorative textures, and the brick ceiling, which together with the concrete structure is left exposed to highlight its old configuration.

To further enhance historical traces, the new furnishings have a minimalist design and materiality, with dark wood furniture for the living area and completely white ones for the bathroom and kitchen. The most emblematic element of Apartment R is the central table, which serves both as a dining table and an office desk. It delicately integrates with the raw column and separates two areas of the house, while leaving its layout open and permeable to view.

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