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Long live our sofa thanks to the upholsterer

This is Rocio, the wonderful upholsterer and furniture restorer from across the street from us in El Born. Thanks to her, the sofa in Casa A is nice and soft again. Apologies to all our guests who sat a little hard the […]

w-w, our (not so) eco-friendly bathroom piece

Check out our bathroom in the office! We installed the w+w by Roca, a toilet/sink that recycles the grey water to flush the toilet. It is a great talking piece and works, but, we were told that it is probably not that […]

Before and After Photos of the eco-renovation

Here are some before-and-after photos of our 3 Casas. The building dates back to the year 1900 and the space we renovated had not been changed much since then. Here you can read about what we did and do to make our […]

Before/After photo from the eco-renovation last year

A year ago our ecorenovation was in full swing! This photos shows the main living room of the original layout, now part of Casa C. We managed to restore the mosaic floor tiles, the wooden sliding balcony doors, the decorative high ceilings […]

Upcycled cardboard furniture, VOC-free paint and sustainable tourism

Here is the last article about yök for TreeHugger. After having written about the VOC-free drywalls, tips on energy saving, the PVC-free piping, our reclaimed bathroom sinks, the natural wood fibre wall insulation, bathrooms and kitchens, beds, our office, and some of our furniture, I would like to mention a few more materials […]

Upcycled kitchens made from local materials are made to last.

The kitchens at yök Casa + Cultura are designed to look like a nice piece of furniture, because they are situated in the living room, as guests tend not to cook 5 course meals but rather prepare easy meals and breakfasts. The floating effect […]

How Astral Nature redesigns their bed to fit our eco-criteria

Our Casas are more than just a place to stay the night, but, at the end of the day, whether you are in Barcelona on holidays or for work, you want a good night’s sleep. We looked for the right bed for a while […]

Greening our bathrooms without sacrificing the experience of our guests

It seems there is more to tackle than saving water when you want to go green in the bathroom. A while back, I wrote about why reclaimed sinks were the most eco-friendly option for wash basins at yök Casa + Cultura. © Carlos Barruz for yök Regarding mirrors, […]

Upcycled stools by designer Curro Claret and Arrels Fundació

A couple of years ago I came across Catalan designer Curro Claret’s upcycled shop design for Camper, fabricated by former homeless people. So when we needed 16 bedside tables for yök Casa + Cultura, we called Curro Claret, and he got to work, together with […]

What we do at yök to have our guests use less electricity and still have a good time

When you design an apartment for holiday letting, everything has to be easy and self-explanatory. At yök Casa + Cultura, we want our guests to be able to reduce the ecological footprint of their stay without sacrificing the experience. Investing a bit into […]

All the details about our green office in Barcelona

The eco-renovation of yök Casa + Cultura is still in full swing but this week we moved into our office. This small (35m2) yet multi-functional space, equipped with a kitchen and toilet, serves as our reception as well as event space. The best thing […]

Photos from the eco-renovation

Here some posts of our eco-renovation from our @yokbarcelona Instagram! José, our always cheerful and meticulous painter: Marcelo, fabricating the MOByök from upcycled cardboard: Our happy carpenter, finishing off the recycled wooden kitchen with a natural oil coat: Stainless steel plugs by […]

Wood fibres as insulation material

Rockwool, or mineral wool, is still commonly used here in Spain for insulation due to its low cost. I read up on it, and as Lloyd, “am still confused” whether this classifies as a green building material or not. Since it is made from […]

yok washbasins eco-friendly

Mirror mirror on the wall, which is the eco-friendliest of them washbasins?

I would like to share with you our reasoning behind choosing the sinks for our bathrooms at yök Casa + Cultura. The ninth point of our manifesto explains our criteria quite well: 9. Apply good design (useful, beautiful, fun, detailed, eco-friendly, functional, affordable, long-lasting, honest, […]