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Light and color define the new English school “What’s Up” in Barcelona, designed by Isabel López Vilalta

For Isabel López Vilalta + Asociados the challenge of What's Up was to carry out a project of great singularity within a limited budget. This new English Academy is located in the heart of Barcelona, in one of the most transient and commercial city streets. Isabel López Vilalta + Asociados explain us, A new identity was needed with a simple direct concept that connected with people through a fresh and current, identifiable and recognizable image - to create a lively, colorful atmosphere with a view toward the future and the innovation of new language-teaching techniques. A mezzanine, previously used as offices, is converted into a large container. The total height is recovered to locate different spaces into it by way of independent boxes - semiopen for different uses - creating the degree of intimacy necessary for this type of activity; as opposed to the completely open and well-lit social areas, projections and studio - multipurpose uses - tailored to the requirements of the day. To achieve the maximum natural light possible, classrooms and social areas are oriented all along the glazed façade which is fully open to the street. The light filters through them thereby reaching more central areas of the premises. This also helps us reclaim the exterior by way of seeing and being seen whilst showing the activities going on inside, thereby creating a dynamic, energetic environment simply by playing with colors; colors which in turn are the corporate brand. TECHNICAL DATA Project: WHAT’S UP, English School Location: Rambla Catalunya 53-55, Barcelona Interior Designer: Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados Team: Isabel López Montse Muñoz Marta Alonso Miquel Camps Laura Monegal Jordi Garcia Núria Coll Starting Date: June 2012 Completion Date: September 2012 Area: 434m2 Client: What’s Up Constructor: Mastercold Engineering: Mastercold Photographer: Eva García Bernal Furniture: Ikea, Estel, Baladía&Valklein Made to measure furniture designed by ILV+A Lighting: Flos, JDOS and existing lights Flooring: Forbo Bar equipment: Made to measure furniture designed by ILV+A Source: Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados Read more news related Isabel Lopez Vilalta + Asociados published in Inufrma Visit the Isabel Lopez Vilalta+Asociados website
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