— Please tell us a little about yök Casa & Cultura.
We’ve based yök on three main points: sustainability, Barcelona, and design.”
— yök Casa C living room
— What was your inspiration to open yök as holiday apartments?
It turns out that a bed & breakfast is illegal in Barcelona. There’s no license that lets you do it, so it then turned into holiday apartments. Although, eventually we plan to offer breakfast on the terrace or in the apartments. We also want to offer yoga classes and massages as well.”
— Casa B living and dining
— How would you describe the atmosphere of the apartments?
We adorned it with modern furniture from Barcelona designers and companies, so it’s kind of a mix. But everything is local. That was very important to us. When you’re in these apartments, you’re really in Barcelona.
As for the sustainability, it was very important for us not to throw anything away, and to restore everything that’s possible. For example, we had some doors left over and turned them into headrests for the beds. The new materials added are all nontoxic, including the paint, varnishes, lighting, etc.”
— Please tell us more about the sustainability aspect at yök.
We give out free filtered water from the office so people don’t have to buy plastic bottles. We have aerators in all the taps and showers to control the water flow. We installed a system that measures the water consumption of all the guests and people will see the energy consumption of each apartment. It becomes a bit like a competition...
We have other automation systems, e.g. if the windows are open, the air conditioning or heating turns off. There’s also a central switch in each apartment that lets you switch off all the electricity so you don’t have to worry if something was left on.”
— yök roof terrace
— Please tell us more about the holiday apartments themselves.
The other two holiday apartments have two double bedrooms and one bathroom each, and a kitchen, of course. Everything is equipped with both new and second-hand furniture, as well as old porcelain from family and friends or second-hand markets.
We also provide information about Barcelona, like maps and so on, as well as straw baskets for people who need to do shopping, so they can avoid plastic bags.”
— Casa C kitchen area
— What sort of cultural events do you offer at yök Casa & Cultura?
The events can also be food related, like tasting sessions with Catalan wines and cheeses. Basically anything related to design, sustainability and the local culture, in order to bring people together and enjoy our city.”