catalan architect adrian elizalde has renovated a 1930s apartment in barcelona’s central eixample district. prior to its overhaul, the interior was dimly lit with excessively divided rooms.
over the years, layers of material and modifications had built up, masking the intentions of the original architecture. consequently, the design team chose to remove any such additions, uncovering the original ceramic floor tiles, vaulted ceilings, and wooden joinery.
the apartment walls have been painted white, a gesture that not only increases the radiance of natural light, but also enhances the colors incorporated within the restored tiled floor. at the heart of the home is a three meter table, positioned between the living room, master bedroom and kitchen. this particular item unites the home’s activities, allowing occupants to use the area as a study, sitting space, or dining area. against the adjacent wall is a bench — used for both seating and storage — which measures 5.2 meters.
space is carefully delineated in order to create areas for different functions. sliding doors partition the 70 square meter unit, providing more or less privacy as required. the two bedroom residence includes a centrally positioned kitchen and bathroom, and a living space that opens onto a small balcony. elizalde also designed much of the dwelling’s furniture, with a local carpenter commissioned to construct the plywood pieces. the sliding doors are made from birch, and have been attached to an existing klein system.