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Junya Ishigama on the cover of the October 2019 issue of Azure Magazine. The Innovators Issue.
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October 2019

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Throughout the 2Day language school, white surfaces with intricate architectural detailing are contrasted with warm pine and accents in pastel shades of pink, yellow, and robin’s egg blue. This palette is extrapolated from the school’s branding, based on the three-category system used by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, the EU’s standard for language instruction.

Each of the three classrooms in this 183-square-metre space is identified with one of these distinguishing hues; the bottoms of the walls are subtly graded with a light ombré that adds a suggestion of colour without overwhelming the original detailing.

To contrast with the ornate white walls and ceiling, Masquespacio selected pine – an economical choice – for the custom furnishings. These include angular custom-made tables and sculptural pendant lamps. The hallway’s sculptural drop ceiling comprises 120 pine veneers, and the reception desk is crafted as a simple pine cube. The school’s only purchased furnishings are the Copla sofas by Sancal, found in the lounge area, and the Arc instruction room chairs by Inclass, which offer both comfort and stackability.

In the public areas – the reception desk and lounge – the three classrooms’ three distinct colours are combined. The lounge blends pink, yellow and blue cushions, and the graphic wall elements combine gradients of the three hues. A final detail added to the lounge exemplifies Masquespacio’s love of personalized hand-crafted art: 10 framed graphics made with 6,400 nails and 2,500 metres of wool that spell out Spanish words and depict Valencian architectural icons.

By balancing the pre-existing neoclassical architecture with light, subtle accents, Masquespacio has created a casual interior that appeals to the school’s audience of young professionals aged 20 to 30.

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