The pedestrian-friendly district of Gràcia is one Barcelona’s quietest yet trendiest neighborhoods. An Australian couple fell in love with the area, and found this micro apartment of only 38-square-meters (409-square-feet) with a large terrace. Looking to create a warm, comfortable and functional space, they enlisted YLAB Arquitectos to design the residence.
Throughout the home a warm balance of timber tones and white make the furniture and fittings feel spacious and open. The living room area and kitchen are open plan, and at night the space turns into a bedroom thanks to a pull-down murphy bed integrated into the wall cabinets.
In the day, the long horizontal windows welcome plenty of light. The white wall unit conceals extra storage, and the area is furnished with easy-to-move pieces such as the Paulistano lounge chair and the Marset floor lamp.
“The design concept focuses on the enveloped space, covering walls and ceilings with custom-made carpentry that alternates white satin lacquer with natural light oak veneer. This perimeter carpentry forms functional and storage elements that optimize the small apartment and allow for the unification and refinement of the space.” — YLAB Arquitectos
The location of the windows could not be changed. To make sure they are also part of the cohesive look and feel for the apartment, the frames have been finished in the same oak veneer as the rest of the space. The flooring is a light oak parquet, which is similar to the timber on the walls. In the above image, the whole room is well framed with the window and furnishings looking uniform.
In the ceiling, many Catalan apartments originally have vaulted ceilings. However, construction imperfections and subsequent installations made it unsightly. A series of white wood beams are used as cladding for the original concrete beam ceiling.
Using recessed LED lighting helps to keep the kitchen bright and functional throughout the day, with a kitchen island to boost storage and counter space, and a dining table that blends seamlessly with the rest of the kitchen finished in white lacquer.
There is just the one bathroom for this apartment, but it feels spacious thanks to the big mirror that takes up most of the wall. To reach it, you pass through a closet area with floor to ceiling cabinets.
Curiously hidden, a custom-made writing desk featuring a hinged lid conceals a desk for the perfect minimalist home office.
The perfect city pad? We certainly think so, packed with enough storage to keep the space picture perfect, and enough windows to keep the apartment flooded with light, we love this mini apartment!
If you’re interested in seeing more apartments from Barcelona, check out this colorful family home in Eixample featuring pops of yellow, or learn more about Gaudi’s Casa Vicens and its stunning restoration process.