Can This Renovated, Loft-Like Home in Spain Be Any Dreamier?

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By Alison Sinkewicz
A cramped home in Catalonia gets a dramatic makeover that highlights its best historic details.

Narrow plots pose some very specific challenges for urban architects, and in old cities like Sabadell in Catalonia, Spain, it is a frequent concern. Working with architect Manu Pàges, Barcelona-based design firm The Hall Studio turn a cramped single-family home into a bright, loft-like space with plenty of multipurpose areas.

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Contemporary design elements fuse with the home’s existing bones—high ceilings, exposed wooden beams—for a functional and handsome two-story home. Seated on a classic, Gothic-era plot, the residence features a soaring gabled roof, with the back of the home opening to a a lush backyard oasis.

Renovating the home meant opening the previously sectioned rooms to introduce an open-concept flow that aids movement and ventilation.

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Movement from the front of the home is fluid and uninterrupted, making the most of the narrow space. Instead of walls, thoughtfully placed furniture helps divide each area. A double-height loft space with dangling foliage and pendant lighting connects the dining area and the living room, while another merges the study terrace with a bedroom suite.

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 Project Credits

-Architect of Record: Manu Pagès

-Builder: Prefamiq S.C.P.