A perfectionist needs perfection. This apartment’s home owner got exactly what they were looking for in seeking a space that is easily organized, sleek, and offering relaxation, complete with stunning brick vaulted ceilings as an added bonus.
The building, located in Barcelona’s Eixample district, dates back to the late 19th century when the area was a place of great Modernist expansion. Even the name Eixample means expansion, as the city blossomed and swallowed up the nearby towns. The grid pattern of the neighborhood plan, and octagonal building blocks are characteristic of this district, which also houses Gaudi’s famous Sagrada Familia cathedral.
In the entryway of this fifth-story apartment you’ll notice straight away that the unique and intriguing architectural elements of the original building remain. The low arches of the vaulted ceilings strengthen it like a shell structure. Rather than looking austere, these lovingly restored features are blended alongside sleek contemporary design.
In addition to the vaulted ceilings, another fascinating structural feature of the buildings in this area have to be the long corridors that stretch through each apartment. Since the 1980s this apartment had been used as an office, so it was a challenge to remove the screens of the work environment and restore it to its original function as a home.
The mint cream panels mark the boundary of the corridor, the apartment’s central artery. The master bedroom occupies the far side, with the living room to the other, in order to maximize the amount of light in the most important rooms.
The guest bathroom shows a bright use of tiles in different sizes. Indeed, tiles are a recurring element of the home, with the ceramic rasilla tiles typical of the region being featured in both the bathrooms and kitchen.
The master bedroom and en suite bathroom face the street side of the house, offering plenty of light. Timber panelling in the corridor works in vertical directions to play up to the height of the walls.
Perfectly poised, this is a beautifully balanced mirror unit. The transition between bathroom and bedroom is clear and feels warm and cheerful.
A built-in dressing room area creates an easy pathway between the bedroom and bathroom.
A simple minimal look, with warm tones. The cupboard legs lift the unit from the floor, giving a lightness to the room that speaks to a popular mid-century look.
This is another bedroom, once again showing the charcoal palette that creates a cozy cocoon for the bedroom area. The bathroom’s rasilla tiles are an economical material, given their abundance in the region, while also adding color and character.
Do you like the brightness of the kitchen? Inward facing, towards the terrace and internal courtyard, this whole room has plenty of light. Just like in the bathroom, the kitchen cut out is created with the tiles against the wood flooring, but also with the wall partition that hangs lower than the vaulted ceilings.
As in many homes, the kitchen is the heart of it all, particularly to the home owner.
“What he really likes the most is the opened kitchen to the living room, and the marbled table because he enjoys inviting friends to his home, cooking for them and having fun” said the designers at Bonba Studio.
One of the main challenges of the home is the building’s listed status. Creating too many partitions and walls could structurally alter the building from its original form. We’ve seen how in other Catalonian apartments they achieve this by building rooms within rooms, in the form of boxes. This kitchen cut out works in a similar way, containing all of the unit and items but connecting it with the larger living room space.
The pantry and laundry facilities are also cleverly tucked away behind similar panels. This trick is an easy way of organizing the apartment whilst still giving it that sleek minimal feeling.
With the transformation of the office space to spacious apartment complete, there’s no more to do except relax and enjoy it! Overall, this is a spacious home with a pleasing pairing of old and new that ticks all the right boxes.