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Masquespacio Designs Resa’s Second Student University in Bilbao


Client: Resa 
Instagram: @resa_sanmames
Address: Termibus, Gurtubay Kalea, 1, 48013 Bilbao, España

Design: Masquespacio
Instagram: @masquespacio_ana
Instagram: @masquespacio_chris

Photography: Masquespacio

Surface: 1850 m2
Opening: September 2020

Suppliers & Materials:

Construction: Amenabar
Architects: IA+B (Iñaki Aurrekoetxea & Bazkideak S.L)
Furniture & Customized Lighting: Design Masquespacio, Production Inmodeco
Flooring: Concrete + Gerflor
Tiles: Complementto
Granite: Mosaicos Solana SA
Technical Lighting: Tecnolite (downlights) + YLD LIGHTING (spots & track lighting), ACB Lighting, BEN Group (LED tube), Performance in Lighting
Catalogue Furniture: Beliani, Fatboy, Pedrali, Sancal, Masferreteria, TM Sillerías


Masquespacio is an award-winning creative consultancy created in 2010 by Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse. Combining the 2 disciplines of their founders, interior design and marketing, the Spanish design agency creates branding and interior projects through a unique approach that results in fresh and innovative concepts rewarded with a continued international recognition by media specialized in the design, fashion, and lifestyle trends. They have worked on projects in several countries like Norway, the USA, France, Portugal, Germany, and Spain.

Actually, they are working on different projects in Spain, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Qatar, Italy, France, and Colombia.

Awards & nominations

Young Talent of The Year by Elle Deco International – Winner 2020

Young Talent of The Year by Elle Decoration Spain – Winner 2020

Interior Designer of The Year by T Magazine Spain – The New York Times – Winner 2019

Design Summit Nomination “Best Updater” by Architectural Digest Germany – 2018

Inside Award “Best Hotel” The Student Hotel Barcelona – Winner 2018

Hospitality Design Nomination “Public Spaces / Budget” The Stu-dent Hotel Campus Barcelona – Winner to be announced 2018

German Design Award “Interior Architecture” Albabel restaurant 2017 – Winner

Hospitality Design Award “Guestroom Economy” Valencia Lounge Hostel – Winner 2017

Hospitality Design Nomination “Casual Restaurant” Hikari Yakitori Bar 2017

Wallpaper Design Award “Best Speckle” Obloha lamp redesign for RACO – Winner 2017

Massimo Dutti “New Values” by Architectural Digest Spain – Win-ner 2016

Wave of the Future Award by Hospitality Design Magazine – Winner 2016

Red Dot Design Award – Telling Tales LZF Lamps Corporate Campaign Winner 2016

Good Design Award – Telling Tales LZF Lamps Communication Campaign 2016

Hospitality Design Nomination – Best Upscale Restaurant 2016 Nozomi Sushi Bar

Restaurant & Bar Design Nomination – Best Europe Restaurant 2015 Nozomi Sushi Bar

WAN Awards Emergent Studio – Longlist 2015

PAD Colombia Gold – Interior Architecture Winner 2014

German Design Award Nomination – 2Day Languages 2014

International Chinese Media Award Nomination – Kessalao Ger-many 2014

Best of Archilovers 2015 – Nozomi Sushi Bar 2015

Best of Archilovers 2015 – Academia Altimira 2015

Design & Design Award Winner – Several projects (21 awards)

Masquespacio presents its last project for the University Residence Resa San Mamés, located in the new Terminus Bilbao.

The project started previously when the Greystar Group – Resa, a leading company specialized in student accommodations, commissioned Masquespacio to develop the visual strategy for their future residences with the aim to obtain a uniform aesthetic for the new openings. After developing the brand manual Resa requested Masquespacio to design their second venue in Bilbao.

Christophe Penasse, co-founder from Masquespacio: “During the development phase of the brand manual next to the definition of the visual strategy we sought to establish the essence of Resa’s residences. During this investigation, it was clear that it was important to augment the possibilities for the students to share experiences as a ‘community’ in this new space.”

Hereby a diaphanous layout was created in which the different zones are connected to each other. Above some zones like the study, rooms include flexible glass walls that can be closed to maintain the room in silence or organize events unrelated to the other spaces at any given moment.

Concerning the design, the project started with a clear definition to search for creative solutions that could adapt to a limited budget. For this reason, Masquespacio got involved at the early construction phase of the building, selecting the finishes for the walls like the original bricks and concrete floors to avoid the installation of additional materials, next to the decision to maintain all the pipes visibly. This way a contemporary and industrial look was created with a touch of color that transforms Resa San Mamés into a vivid and joyful place.

Ana Hernández, creative director from Masquespacio: “Using the technique of color blocking we obtained a strong visual impact for space and at the same time we could create a clear distinction between each zone in this open space.”

Last, to be highlighted is the design for the terrace for which the color blocking was used again both for the flooring and the walls as well as on the furniture to create the same strong visual impact for the outside.

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