Name: The White Retreat
Location: Catalonia, Spain
The White Retreat is a minimalist house located in Catalonia, Spain, designed by CaSA. The renovation of this 36 square meters apartment came with a defined brief. The client, a French Art historian and curator, professor at the Sorbonne University, came to the architects with very clear ideas for his small property. The apartment, located in the city centre of the coast town of Sitges (a few steps from the beach) is completely introverted, facing only an interior courtyard. The lack of views is compensated by silence and light.
The client envisioned a peaceful, open and essential space, furnished with a few carefully selected objects; contemporary artworks, some books, and his records. In sum, a peaceful place for introspection, flooded with light. An extremely reduced budget asked for simple, inexpensive solutions. The space is conceived through three different blocks: the bathroom/kitchen block, the living/bedroom one and the third, external, the terrace. The last two are extremely permeable, only divided by a large window and a long, oversized louvers one on the bedroom side, both existing elements that were preserved.