Architect Carles Enrich has converted an old dry-cleaning shop between two adjoining buildings in the Gracia district of Barcelona, Spain into a home-studio for a young family. The refurbishment was a fantastic opportunity to rethink the use of an unused place and optimize the conditions. The architect proposed a system to enable the inhabitants to live in an single 1,560 square foot (145 square meters) space arranged around an outdoor patio, where the bathroom is the only enclosed space. All activities take place in a single room with visual connection to the patio. To achieve this, all the partitions that enclosed small rooms with no natural light or ventilation were removed and the openings were extended to the exterior.
The original materials used in the party walls were recovered, as the brick ceiling joists and wooden beams. The pavement is solved with a continuous tinted concrete paving and the Flanders pinewood was introduced in a second phase of reform due to the growing of the family. The lower excavation enables the incorporation of a loft made of metallic beams and a 3 centimeters wood board, which works as an independent living area inside another bigger area, without being never enclosed room. This small loft is meant to be more like a suspended furniture than a room. A furniture-closet, used by both sides, is the only separation between different spaces and converts the hallway into a dressing corridor.
An old storage room at the back of the plot is converted into a satellite studio that operates independently from the main space. This fragmentation of the program makes the patio an intermediate space that can be used as an outdoor room most part of the year.
A pergola made of metal beams and a cane network provides privacy and climate control. The progressive growth of plants and trees generate a natural environment within the dense urban area.
Photos: Enric Fabre, Courtesy of Carles Enrich
Impressive views over Barcelona, Spain surround this penthouse apartment spotted on Mi Casa, refurbished and decorated with recovered materials to become a cosmopolitan haven for a couple. The home is situated in the city center with views of the rooftops of the Gothic quarter, the oldest core of the city and its historic center. The penthouse exudes authentic charm, distributed over two floors and restructured completely in a reform that the owners planned to gain luminosity and open and interconnect spaces. The result is fabulous, with a living/dining room integrated with the kitchen, a bedroom and bathroom on the first floor and a spacious and cozy rooftop terrace.
The decoration is also the common thread of this project for which the owners used the creative advice from the firm Úsame, specializing in the design of furniture and objects through reused materials. The ceiling, the walls coated with mortar and lime, stucco or brick, are all mostly recovered. When open, the doors of this house can be seen by the original elements with respect and admiration for the parts recovered. The stylish rooms are decorated with a deep aesthetic sensibility and overflowing with personality, adding plenty of luminosity and gave freedom in circulation of spaces.
This incredible penthouse apartment is located in Sant Cugat del Vallés, just outside of Barcelona, Spain. Both the interior and exterior decoration is the work of interior designer Mireia Masdeu, who knew how to apply for each environment light, harmony and relaxation. Stairs connect the terrace with the interior of the house, whose reform was also conducted by Mireia. The outdoor terrace provides sweeping views of Montserrat and the Collserola mountains. The amplitude of its surface was enough to create two distinct areas, the dining room is unified by a magnificent awning that covers all of the terrace and the platform floor of oiled ipe, a type of wood that is weather resistant.
The living room consists of a sofa with chaise lounge and a fiber armchair, which seems to glow thanks to lacquered shelves of the same color as the wall and built-in lights. A metal trunk inherited, on which rests old magazines, serves as a coffee table. The designer demolished the wall dividing the kitchen from the living room to create a unique atmosphere in the dining room with a unifying element: the generous container table with wooden top and legs and lacquered iron plates in white forming the cabinet storage.
The sofa was made with recovered pallets, as well as the coffee table with wheels, created on the spectacular terrace lined with wood.
The master bedroom was conceived as a space for rest, providing only the essential elements to this: a large bed, closet and a stool and a folding table that acts as bedside tables.
The bathroom is covered with porcelain tiles in anthracite grey, and stone in a horizontal format and cream tones. The same tone was used in the countertop resin basin and shower curtains.
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The Bates Motel Suite designed by Egue and Seta offers the possibility of entertaining, working, eating, toileting and sleep, characteristics of an “apart-hotel” from a single piece of multifunctional furniture around which are distributed radially, stays free and differentiated by decorative elements that recreate the iconic stills from the films of Hitchcock. Here, Norman Bates peeks through a tiny hole, prying L.B. Jeffries has two windows, and “The Birds” encourage better memories “suspense” of the “50s”. The Bates Motel Suite, like Hitchcock, proposes anticipation: A series of rooms that follow a narrative leaving notice at any time what is the other way or about to occur.
The apartment is comprised of only 376 square feet (35 square meters) of open space, clean and very easy circulation, designed from a central cabinet that serves as a distributor and container space to “hide” the different needs depending on the area where you are. Microwave and cabinet maker in the kitchen, mirror and towel in the bathroom shelf in the living room / rest / reading and wardrobe in the bedroom, with a common denominator in all the plants found in the pots on top of the cabinet.
Embracing the same concept, the designers have an additional element that strengthens as described above, a bar / counter which runs through the living areas making its way back across the back of the sofa for use to eat and work, continuing its way into the kitchen area where the designers have integrated a sink and ends in the bathroom where the sink is also integrated.
The designers came up with the concept of a “wafer” center on the floor with the concrete perimeter and in the middle of it a “carpet” leading hydraulic tile in all areas of space. The apartment is light in space with huge windows overlooking the Gran Via and for the night, careful lighting has been selected in the areas of “work” and indirectly in the rest areas.
Photos: Courtesy of Egue and Seta
A penthouse next to the port of Barcelona, Spain with views and plenty of natural light was given a modern renovation to adapt perfectly to the lifestyle of the owners. The owners are a young couple, newly married, without children and with much social life, knew that it could become the home of their dreams. They trusted the project and decoration to the studio of Pia Capdevila Interiors & Events. The first step was a demolition of all partitions to achieve a new, very modern distribution, with two well defined public and private spaces. In the center of the attic and to the left from the entrance, the kitchen, open and connected to the living room was an environment that extends out to a terrace, recovered to take advantage of the reform. The private area, to the right of the entrance, is accessed through a corridor that leads to two bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The Interior Designer combined smooth walls with brick and gave maximum prominence to a front, covered with slabs of natural stone. This large irregular surface enriched with its chromatic mix and its relief decoration in black, white and steel kitchen. Continuous concrete flooring painted in a gray tone epoxy serves as a common thread among the environments, gives cohesion to the project and contributes, along with natural light, to creating more spaciousness in the home. To highlight the interior design, designs were made by Studio Pia Capdevila, from the headboard with bedside tables along the bedroom wall, to the base unit that runs along the window of the living room.
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This stunning project consists of a complete rehabilitation and interior design of a single family house and its outdoor spaces in the residential area of Bellaterra, on the outskirts of Barcelona. Designed by YLAB Architects, the proposal includes full internal redistribution of the interior spaces, the recomposition of the existing facades and exterior design of the terraces, pool and garden. The owners, a family passionate about light and spacious interiors, bought the property because of its fantastic views, but knew from the beginning, they needed a radical rehabilitation that would transform the house and its outdoors.
The goal was to convert this 5,382 square foot house of classical forms and narrow interior layout into a spacious modern house with continuity, allowing fantastic views from all levels. A new layout was made for this house, a facade matching its geometry, expanding the volume of the house was improved, and new walls and windows were created in solid wood carpentry, allowing abundant connections between the outdoors and the interior of the house. In the interior, the flooring is covered with natural Sahel polished limestone, which reflects the light increasing its intensity; the walls are painted in ivory white color; and the built-in furniture are finished in ivory white satin lacquer or natural tropical Etimoe wood, showing an elegant orange grain that bring a look of natural warmth in contrast with the white and glossy surfaces.
A staircase of access and planters recovered crosspieces-delimited was proposed in the front garden. In the rear, a large terrace in chipped stone, in prolongation of the interior space, descends towards the garden forming an infinity pool, an area of sunlight and a series of garden terraces.
Photos: Courtesy of YLAB Architects
Print Avenue is an incredibly designed vintage pavilion by interior design studio Egue y Seta, hand in hand with Sabaté lab, a digital printing, large format and museographer company in Barcelona, Spain. Walking along a game board decorated with “engraved” past century lettering digitally printed over pinewood, we introduce ourselves, box by box, into a playful atmosphere: an entrance hall, a waiting area and a reception; or perhaps a shop with its counter or a walk-in printed surfaces catalog. All outfitted under an aesthetic scheme that flirts with the popular strategy game, while posing a fresh, sustainable and customizable decorative strategy: Printing!
Spotted on Nuevo Estilo, this beautiful house in Barcelona, Spain is that of architect and jewelry expert Eva Palao. The first impression that one gets upon entrance to this unique home is a burst of color, light and a wink of humor, constant references to a calming mix of styles and a great example of how to pair different concepts into a coherent and harmonious whole. The home was originally built in the early 1900′s, with the characteristic hydraulic floors and high ceilings with ornate moldings. A gem which offered great possibilities of becoming the highly personal house that it is today.
The structure was in good condition, but a reform was necessary to adapt to new needs. The objective was that each room has its own character, achieved through the use of color and pieces chosen little by little. Hydraulic tiles have been kept in the living room and kitchen, but not in the bathrooms and bedroom. These rooms instead feature black slate and wood. Paint on the walls plays a very important role in the differentiation of spaces. From the modern and powerful glossy black finish in the bedroom, running through to the hallway to the warmth of the Moroccan stucco in a sand tone in the living and dining room. Decoration was done slowly, adding objects as needed, wishing to preserve the aura of the original architecture.
This successful reform was to adapt a modernist apartment in Barcelona, Spain to the lifestyle of the 21st century by Studio MINIM. What seemed to be an advantage, the floor was in a typical building in downtown Barcelona with modernist structural elements, which became the main difficulty. The challenge was to adapt to the needs of a family without altering the buildings architectural peculiarities, which was originally the headquarters of the editorial Icaria.
“We should do a respectful intervention until such point that, at the end of the reform, it seems that we had not done anything, except paint white and put in contemporary furniture”, states the designer. Although difficult, the designers achieved its purpose. Despite works, the floor maintains intact the high ceilings, with fine moldings and original plaster rosettes of the house. On the floor, tiles are repeated in a delicate floral composition throughout the entire house. Woodworking exhibits shutters, latches and panels in perfect condition. Interior doors transform natural light in a multicolored arc iris thanks to their tinted leaded crystals.
The house was also given modern updates, achieved with the distribution of the spaces. The entrance to the home was created in the middle, with a hallway that acts as an axis and divides the house into two areas, public and private spaces. A spacious living room is in the center of the home from which you can access the kitchen through a double sliding door. The private spaces are comprised of the children’s bedrooms and a spacious master bedroom with bathroom, dressing room and private library.
Discovered on Mi Casa, a complete reform was undertaken in this Barcelona, Spain home to provide planning according to its new owners, a young couple with two small children. He is a photographer, and she is passionate about decoration, both wanted to preserve its original structure, with high ceilings, ornamental moldings and large windows. Its retro doors are also maintained, although access to the bathrooms was changed by sliding doors to optimize space. They chose to paint the walls white and thus enhance the light in the space; but also, to not subtract from the colorful flooring that has an incredible visual impact in decoration.
The open floor plan has visual continuity created through the environments: on one side, living area with a work corner, and in the opposite, kitchen and dining room. In the master bedroom next to the fireplace and vintage decor, evokes the leisurely and serene pace of times past. Concrete was chosen for the bathroom walls and floors which were completely renovated, a material which by its texture and natural appearance, fit into the style of the house. A world apart is the child’s bedroom, with wood flooring and decorated in white and slate, a chromatic palette used infrequently in baby’s rooms.