Refurbishment of an Apartment in Barcelona by Allaround Lab

Allaround Lab has designed a refurbishment of an apartment in a classical building with high vaulted ceilings, located in Barcelona, Spain. Totaling 78.5m² (845ft²), the apartment was refurbished in 2017.

To our surprise, we were left with challenging irregular perimeter difficult to resolve into a functional layout. We focused on the conservation of the perimeter and all structural elements, eliminating all the imposed dysfunctional partitions and afterwards tracing an axis from one corner of the house to the other, providing continuity and unity to a very broken piece.

The axis not only consists of a geometric gesture, it divides the piece into two zones establishing a clear hierarchy between the services area, where we locate the entrance, kitchen and bathroom as well as all the air conditioning and ventilation systems, electricity and boiler; and the served area where the rooms, dining room and living room are located. Taking the axis as a reference and its projection on the ground plane, ceiling height differentiation and material choices were made (tiles for service and wet areas, and wood for noble areas).

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Photographs by José Hevia
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