This fabulous old apartment showcases eclectic decor and a unique character, given a brilliant reform by the design team at Bonba Studio, located in Barcelona, Spain. Preserving the original structure of the home was the main goal of this renovation project. The home originally had many rooms, so the top priority was to create large spaces that are connected and have a good flow. The result was brighter living environments that still retained their beautiful original structure. A single common area was designed for the homeowners to gather, for relaxation and great conversation. The space is directly connected to the kitchen and dining room. To help visually connect the spaces, the same unique flooring pattern of restored hydraulic tiles travels throughout, as well as identical paint on the walls. The fusion of vintage art pieces and some recycled furniture, along with some pieces designed by Bonba Studio, and others of pure design, creates a unique environment with a wonderful personality.
After the renovation, the two bedrooms are very spacious, having their own bathroom. These private zones are separated from the rest of the home, accessed down a long hallway. Another brilliant design solution that helped to solve the complicated distribution, is in the master bathroom. It is a long and narrow space with a wall of windows, so the designer selected opaque window treatments to allow natural light to filter through the space while at the same time enabling complete privacy.
We have featured many intriguing apartments in Barcelona here on 1 Kindesign, if you are interested in seeing more, have a look at these inspiring properties: Small apartment in Barcelona with charming design and New York style loft in the heart of Barcelona.
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This super stylish apartment has been designed by Spanish interior design firm Luzio , located in the district of Turó Park, in Barcelona, Spain. This superb flat features a wonderful distribution of spaces, with a beautiful selection of finishes that creates a unique atmosphere, full of vitality and comfort. The owners are of Swiss descent, with a busy life filled with travel, they fell in love with the charm of this home, where elegance and tranquility go hand in hand. It is close to the financial and commercial area of the city, which was the optimal location for where they wished to live. The apartment featured a solid and functional architectural concept, with high ceilings, large opening, spacious rooms and a timelessly classic appeal of existing materials and finishes, which helped to enhance the reform. A fresh coat of paint and nice selection of decor made this home very inviting and comfortable. Antique furnishings that the owners purchased from Switzerland and England as well as in Barcelona, was incorporated into the design scheme. The designers created clear and welcoming environments, where upholstery and textiles have a specific function, sprinkled with touches of glamor and sophistication, such as the fabulous chandeliers. Exotic objects and details add intriguing contrasts and contemporary paintings and photographs decorate the walls in unusual places.
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Photos: Nuevo Estilo
This charming penthouse has been newly renovated to create a bright and airy living space carried out by designer Mario Ruiz, located in Barcelona, Spain. The designer completely changed the distribution of spaces, opening up walls, connecting rooms and widening hallways. Glass doors and windows flood light into spaces, linking the public zones of the living room, kitchen, study and hallway. The decor is comfortable and inviting showcasing character through exclusive pieces and eclectic details that range from industrial to vintage, ethnic and oriental. Original tables in the lounge and kitchen are comprised of reclaimed materials. Rustic nuances throughout the home, along with the factory look and paneled iron doors enhances the aesthetic and creates a harmonious atmosphere. The naturalness of the use of wood throughout most of the living spaces creates an elegance to the home. Sisal mats adds texture and Menorca rural furniture mixed with velvet pieces and lamps from the 50s creates an intriguing mix that is unique and beautiful. The culmination is chromatic harmony brimming with natural light and a rewarding feeling of complete spaciousness.
The color palette evolves around a neutral base of earthy hues, black and mink, mixed with added splashes of color throughout. Taking center stage is the touches of black in the doors and baseboards. The refined details show soul, a delightful mix of objects that infuses life into the home. These include Chinese porcelain, lovely corals, aged mirrors, ethnic carpets, quirky collections and on the walls, photographs taken by the owner from their travels.
If you enjoy perusing architecture from Spain, have a look at some other Barcelona properties we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, such as: Exquisite Barcelona apartment built for book lovers and New York style loft in the heart of Barcelona.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
This Barcelona flat is a newly renovated apartment with plenty of vintage charm, re-designed by interior decorator Silvia Rademakers, located in Barcelona, Spain. This beautiful home showcases open spaces bathed in light and is reflected throughout thanks to white walls and the attractive mixture of industrial and vintage design that brings warmth to the environments. The reform involved keeping doors to a minimum with space interconnected. The living room was opening up to the hallway to give depth of space. The owners also wanted to re-organize the closet in their bedroom to be more functional and spacious. To do this, they fitted out the adjoining room with floor to ceiling cabinets and better integrated the connection to the bedroom. In the bathroom, a window was installed to facilitate natural light into the shower. After the construction was completed, they owners focused on decorating their newly well-distributed home. The wooden flooring throughout most of the home reflected the light penetrating through the windows, so the walls and ceiling were also kept white for illumination and the enhanced effect of spaciousness.
Since the white paint gives a sense of coolness to the space, textures were introduced to create warm, welcoming environments. Plush cushions and soft throws create a cozy feel and fur area rugs adds warmth to the floors to tread barefoot, especially in the bedrooms. Decorative elements were added to the apartment to help create a sense of intimacy, and reflect the personality of the owners. These elements includes the chandelier in the dining room, the garland of cloth above the master bed and the child’s bedroom; old suitcases were re-purposed and stacked into a side table next to the living room sofa. There is also an old trunk finished with pink brushstrokes at the foot of the master bed, which adds color and character.
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Spanish architects Anna & Eugeni Bach have renovated an aging flat in Barcelona, Spain’s Ensanche district to show off its mosaic floors and decorative ceiling mouldings. This project changes the manner of inhabiting an apartment in this neighborhood through small and very specific operations that make the most of every corner as if dealing with a jigsaw puzzle and giving over the protagonist role to the existing elements, conserving, reusing or modifying them in order to create new spaces that seem to always have been like this.
The project consisted of the integral reforms of a dwelling in Barcelona´s Ensanche district that dates from the year 1910 and had never undergone any substantial modification in its 100 years of history. The state of the 1,399 square foot (130 square meters) flat, however, was deplorable, as its previous occupier suffered form compulsive hoarding syndrome and had accumulated all kinds of waste, leaving many of its elements in very poor condition. The ceilings (with magnificent rosettes and mouldings) and the floors (hydraulic paving made from small ceramic pieces) had been conserved relatively well, as was the case with some of the original joinery.
The starting point therefore consisted of conserving a layout that would permit the suite comprising the magnificent existing ceilings and floors to be maintained, concentrating any necessary changes required by the new program on the spaces that did not possess such characteristics.
In order to meet this objective the work was done room by room in an attempt in each case to adapt the new program to the rooms defined by ceilings and floors, recessing wardrobes or shifting partitions without modifying the limit of the rooms so that they would gain in functionality without losing their original limits. All the joinery has been conserved in either its original position or by shifting it to new rooms opened up in the flat´s “interior” volume, always respecting the original position of the floors and windows giving on the patio.
The generous height of this flat has been made use of to raise the floor of the en-suite bathroom by 60 cm, making room in a single space for the bath underneath the shower as well as a very useful storeroom-pantry underneath the floor, accessible from the corridor and next to the kitchen. This raising of the bathroom also means that in order to access it three steps have to be climbed from the bedroom, giving the flat a greater feeling of “domesticity” by introducing an element that is more typical of a detached family house than of a single-story flat.
Photos: Courtesy of Anna & Eugeni Bach
Housing Reform in Eixample is the rehabilitation of a flat by architecture firms LOOX and DS Architects, in a heritage listed building in 1908 by Domènech and Estapà at the heart of Barcelona’s “Golden Square” in the Eixample quarter. The approach to the project has been to intervene as little as possible in its original layout, preserving the materials and finishes and repairing the ornaments and woodwork.
This way, the focus is on the existing elements that coexist with a contemporary style. The program developed consists of three bedrooms, a study, living room (lounge), kitchen, dining room and two bathrooms.
Domenech and Estapà´s original project corresponds to a household income between dividing walls of the ground floor and five floors height. The configuration of the lot, deeper below the household´s depth building area, almost disables the interior façade which doesn´t reach the courtyard. Resources providing lighting and ventilation to interior rooms are the remnants of the building´s volume practiced plan fund and dividing walls to the right with an open courtyard format; the central courtyard linked to the neighbor´s scale and another patio adjoining the dividing wall to the left, shared with the neighboring building.
Despite the main facade and common areas retain the original language, as it is common in this era´s buildings in the Eixample, each housing has been remodeled and / or split one or more times, and nowadays their condition and configuration are very heterogeneous.
The rehabilitated property which had been long time unoccupied still included the distribution and original finishes. The intervention suggests an update in terms of functionality, performance and comfort, but the main criteria precisely was intervening the least over distribution, keeping as far as possible all materials and finishes that have been preserved, and repair decorative elements and original woodwork.
The project has also addressed the repair operations and consolidation of the structure, crack´s stitching, protection of metallic elements, establishing criteria and procedures that should serve as a guideline for the structural consolidation of the building as a whole.
The false ceilings have been preserved and restored with their moldings and ornaments, interior and exterior woodwork, engraved glass and in much of the property, the original Nolla flooring mosaic. The kitchen, however, that had been already manipulated and didn’t preserve the original settings, has been resolved with current criteria and materials.
All three bedrooms and study as well as the living room (lounge), dining room and main bathroom are resolved in the current premises without altering them in any way. As in the original housing, departments facing Valencia´s Street facade which have better ventilation and lighting conditions are preferred, thus locating the master bedroom, living room (lounge) and study in it, whilst the whole kitchen-dining room occupy the interior premises.
Therefore, the adjustments´ distribution proposed by the project are just the extension of the kitchen, which will remain occupying its present position but incorporating the adjoining room facing the back facade, and the transformation of three very small pieces which accommodate two adjacent toilets and a pantry in a sole dependency which will become the house´s second bathroom.
Neither, the current hall distribution around the stairwell is altered in any way, which with the proposed reform program will become a continuous ring.
Photos: Adrià Goula
Vuelta a Empezar is an en-suite bedroom design by architecture firm Egue y Seta for Futurcret, part of the Casa Decor 2010 which was held in Barcelona, Spain. The 516 square feet (48 square meters) suite is based on the idea of the Garden of Eden, where biting the apple will open the gates of paradise. A furnished garden where temptation is shown through glass transparencies, between lattices of natural wood and palm fronds, proposing a return to a hedonistic paradise where, every day, is a sin not to start again!
The ethnic hand-crafted wooden bedside stands sit beside a contemporary metal floor lamp and a smart black shelving unit holding a selection of bright red apples, reminding us of the symbol of original sin. The entire space is assembled with a sense of the dramatic, transporting us to an exotic location where time stands still.
Primitive luxury abounds at every turn, mysterious dark mottled walls form a backdrop for a jungle scene of plants and vines at the head of the bed, a prominent object which is understandably covered in the sensuous fabrics of velvet and fur.
Fixtures of reclaimed wood and floors of stone contrast with the transparency of the enclosed waterfall shower, a unique space adorned with semi-tropical plants and ferns.
Photos: Aires Photography
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