When Nook Architects set out to renovate a 720-square-foot apartment in Barcelona's Poble Sec district, they knew they wanted to retain the space's characteristic elements—especially the original barrel-vaulted ceilings. They focused on opening up the heavily partitioned layout, and limited the choice of materials to only those previously present in the space—namely, wood, ceramic, and marble.
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"We tackle every single project by first studying its starting conditions. From there, we work on important points for the client without losing a balance between these original features and the adopted solutions," says Joan G Cortés, architect and partner at Nook.
The resulting two-bed, two-bath apartment, named CALDRAP, features a central living area that flows into a bright gallery area, which was once a closed-off sunroom.
A key challenge was maximizing the size of the new living room while working within a compact floor plan. In the end, Joan's team removed several walls that divided the home into compartment-like spaces. The team also downsized the two bedrooms to create a larger, wide-open living area for relaxing and entertaining.
Throughout the new common spaces, marble, wood, and ceramics mix together to form a cohesive design style for the apartment. These warm natural materials are balanced by a crisp, minimal aesthetic.
General Contractor: Metric Integra
Structural Engineering: Francesc Gorgas