When we entered the space the first time with the client, one glimpse was enough for him to know this would become his new home in Barcelona.
Still, the apartment was in a very poor state and would not fit the needs of his modern lifestyle. We quickly realized it would not make any sense to keep anything of the existing place, but rather design it to recreate the spirit of living in a modernist building.
The starting point of our inspiration was the entrance of the building, with its floral painting and mouldings, and the richly decorated facade. We decided to continue this unique organic theme, and translate it into a modern, yet timeless design.
Both bedrooms were painted in dark blue and green. On the other side, we tried to bring light into the guest bedroom by introducing a glass wall, half screened off with wooden louvres and a thick pink velvet curtain. This allows to control views into the bedroom, light, and adds an interesting splash of colour and texture to the wooden louvres.
In the entrance corridor we used a hexagonal tile, recalling the design Gaudi used on Paseo de Gracias. One side of the corridor is entirely cladded in narrow, shiny tiles, as a reference to the city’s many tile cladded façades. Brass detailing for doors combined with wooden paneling create an elegant, sophisticated touch, reminiscent of Art Deco buildings found throughout the city.
The garden was designed as a continuation of the apartment. It repeats the curved shapes. Different areas are defined by plant pools. This unification of interior and exterior was enhanced by designing an outdoor dining room with kitchen in the very back of it, and a sitting area equipped with low seating cushions, slightly raised above the other areas.