Wes Anderson-style interiors for student residence in Bilbao.

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

The project began when Resa - a leading company specialising in student accommodation - commissioned Masquespacio to develop the visual strategy for their future residences, with the aim of obtaining a uniform aesthetic across all new openings. After developing the brand, Resa requested that Masquespacio design their second venue in Bilbao.

Christophe Penasse, co-founder of Masquespacio, commented: “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.”

In response, a diaphanous layout was created in which the different zones are connected to one another. Above some zones, such as the study rooms, flexible glass walls are positioned offering the ability to either be closed to maintain silence or left open for collaboration.

When it came to 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 flooring to avoid the installation of additional materials. The decision was also made to leave the pipes exposed. This way, a contemporary and industrial look was created with a touch of colour, transforming Resa San Ma-més into a vivid and joyful place.

Ana Hernández, creative director of Masquespacio, said: “Using the technique of colour blocking, we obtained a strong visual impact for the space, and at the same time have created a clear distinction between each zone.”

Lastly, the design for the terrace used colour blocking on the flooring and the walls to create the same strong visual impact for the outside.

Images courtesy of Masquespacio