living room with bookcase wall
Apartment in Barcelona. Historical value enhanced by natural Light

An apartment in Barcelona, consisting of a chain of small rooms, is renovated by the architects of ffwd studio, who enhance the structural and architectural features typical of the Eixample houses in Barcelona

The existing interior space had a typical Eixample floor in Barcelona, where the interior layout is unaltered, consisting of a concatenation of small rooms, characteristic structural elements, floors, ceilings and typical perimeter mouldings, panelled ceilings and an interior height of 350 cm, as well as some unique elements such as the wall fireplace

living room with piano armchairs and bookcase

The main objectives of the reform were to enhance the elements that define the floor itself, to preserve the essence of the space. The architects wanted it to be possible to associate the interior space with the type of building in which it is located and to modify the internal layout so that natural light reaches all the rooms on the ground floor. The original distribution had several dark rooms in the central part of the house

living room with piano armchairs and bookcase

The proposed layout of the floor revolves around the increase of a large living space in the interior of the building. The dining, living and reading areas are arranged in a diaphanous way along a large library here. The kitchen has a direct connection to the dining area through the guillotine windows that link it to the kitchen. Parallel to the large living space, we find the main room, which consists of a bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom. In the area of the floor in contact with the street, two existing rooms have been preserved, in which there is a study and a second bedroom

living room with piano armchairs and bookcase

In the environments in which the quality floors were found, they were preserved. In the subtraction of the spaces, where a new flooring was necessary, it was decided to install an aged oak parquet. In the main bathroom and kitchen, the floor and walls were covered with tiles from the Azulej series, designed by Patricia Urquiola. These are porcelain stoneware tiles that reinvent and modernize the language of traditional floors

living room with piano armchairs and bookcase

The original ceiling heights have been preserved and in cases where necessary, the existing false ceilings have been reproduced, using the language of the mouldings and rosettes

living room with piano armchairs and bookcase

The colour range chosen for the walls seeks to create a welcoming and comfortable, modern and timeless environment. The floor design is modern, typical of the 1950s with Nordic influences. Contemporary pieces combine with family owned vintage furniture and chairs

living room with piano armchairs and bookcase

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