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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.

Raval Hideout in Barcelona, Spain by Eva Cotman

 
November 20th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Eva Cotman

This project sets out to alter and improve an apartment situated in Raval, the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona. An area used to be known for its nightlife as well as the insecurity, El Raval has changed significantly in recent years, and has become one of the touristic attractions in the center of the city. Today it is home to many bars, restaurants, museums and art galleries, making it a popular neighborhood among young professionals and students alike.

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

  • Architects: Eva Cotman
  • Project: Raval Hideout
  • Location: Barcelona, Spain
  • Photography: Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos
  • Project area: 40sqm
  • Project year: 2013
  • Constructor: Dolmen Reformes

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

The clients are a young couple with a very active social life, enjoying fully all the cultural activities that Raval offers. In defining the new use of space, in accordance with the client’s needs, much attention has been given to maximize the entering of daylight and the visual interrelationships between the different parts of the house, each with its own identity. The aim was to give the occupant various possibilities to move from one space to another, to create diversity inside the apartment as well as to enable the clients to enjoy the diversity of the neighborhood where they live.

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

The project objective is to try to maximize the functionality of the space for the new and contemporary use by the owner, but at the same time not to loose the identity of the neighborhood and materiality of the existing building. The economic(financial, or budget??) aspect was an important part of the project – it had to be a low-cost project done in a relatively short-time execution.

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

The apartment was previously ‘cleaned’: the walls were cleaned from cast, the cast ceiling was removed and all non-loadbearing walls were removed. The apartment wooden ceilings, as well as brick walls, are painted white to be a blank base for the activities of its future occupants.

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

The heart of the house is around the library, which separates the dining room from the built-in closet and, at the same time, joins the kitchen, dining room and the living room; it is an all-in-one element: staircase, bookshelf, closet and bench. The staircase leads to the small gallery located on the top of the closet, and is a space with a guest bed. This gallery also helps to access the storage, which is located above the kitchen and the entrance area. It is a compact apartment with multifunctional elements to provide flexibility and adaptability to different needs, in other words, a ‘mini-space’ with a ‘maxi-functionality’.

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman, Maria Ceballos

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman

Image Courtesy © Eva Cotman

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