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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Apartment Renovation in Eixample, Barcelona by EO arquitectura

 
November 25th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: EO arquitectura

The project presents the renovation of an apartment located in the ‘Eixample’, Barcelona. The building dating from 1930, has a surface of 70 sq2 with a main façade facing ‘Provença’ street and a service yard.

At first, the apartment had the typical distribution of the old dwellings in Barcelona, many subdivided rooms and different  layers of materials that had overlaid over the years. Regarding the limited budget available, we decided to maintain the location of the kitchen and bathroom, renewing them completely and therefore use more resources in the rest of the apartment.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

  • Architects: EO arquitectura
  • Project: Apartment Renovation
  • Location: Provença street, Eixample, Barcelona
  • Photography: Adrià Goula
  • Building constructor: Forneas Guida
  • Project: January 2014
  • Execution: March 2014 – July 2014
  • Surface: 70 sq2
  • Budget project: 36.788 €

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Defoliation

Before our intervention, the apartment had a decayed image and very dark due to the excessive division of the spaces. The main action taken was a selective ‘defoliation’ of all the layers to reach the traditional building elements as: tiled floors, vaulted ceilings and original wood joinery. The unique colours and drawings of the tiled pavement is an important element we wanted to highlight, we maintained the highest number of pieces discarding only the ones that were in very poor conditions. To improve natural light and give homogeneity to the project we painted the whole apartment in white enhancing thus, the tiled floor and its colours. The new materials included, though clearly contemporary, discuss harmoniously with the old to maintain the perception of unity.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

The table as architecture

We simplified the distribution to obtain larger and brighter spaces. The most important part is the dining room, the heart of the apartment where there is a table of 3.10 meters long and a bench of 5.20 meters along the wall, which functions as seating, shelf, storage space, etc. This unique table in the apartment located between the living room, master bedroom and kitchen gathers all the activities of the apartment, acting as a study table, dining table, place connected with certain tasks in the kitchen, etc.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Scattering the limit

We designed interior boundaries to create different spaces with large openings placed to diffuse the sense of confinement. Based on a sliding door system, we can transform the space to provide the necessary privacy, greater intimacy or, expand the space. The doors, which slide visible, create a dynamic composition of the limits. By replacing the opaque wall for glass at the top of the partition, we get a greater sense of spaciousness without diminishing the privacy and improving the natural lighting of the rooms.

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © Adrià Goula

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

Image Courtesy © EO arquitectura

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