In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win

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By Allie Weiss / Published by Dwell
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A renovation brings light and order to a Spanish flat, maintaining its standout ceilings.
Nook Architects renovated an apartment in a 1931 building in Barcelona's Eixample district for a young woman who travels often for business.  

Nook Architects renovated an apartment in a 1931 building in Barcelona's Eixample district for a young woman who travels often for business.  

A confused layout meant that the original apartment had a series of dark, confined rooms. The designers eliminated a third bedroom and enlarged the living room. The previous kitchen was separated from the living area by a tight hallway. Nook's reconfiguration attached the kitchen directly to the living room, at the client's request.  

A confused layout meant that the original apartment had a series of dark, confined rooms. The designers eliminated a third bedroom and enlarged the living room. The previous kitchen was separated from the living area by a tight hallway. Nook's reconfiguration attached the kitchen directly to the living room, at the client's request.  

The most striking feature of the original apartment was the vaulted ceilings with wood beams, which were kept intact. A geomteric hydraulic mosaic flooring covers the kitchen.  

The most striking feature of the original apartment was the vaulted ceilings with wood beams, which were kept intact. A geomteric hydraulic mosaic flooring covers the kitchen.  

The partition separating the bedroom from the living room appears to be a partial wall—but in reality, a mirror extends from the top of the wall to the ceiling.  

The partition separating the bedroom from the living room appears to be a partial wall—but in reality, a mirror extends from the top of the wall to the ceiling.  

The apartment, approximately 765 square feet in total, contains one master bedroom as well as a smaller sleeping space for guests. A sliding door closes off the bedroom from the living area when total privacy is desired.  

The apartment, approximately 765 square feet in total, contains one master bedroom as well as a smaller sleeping space for guests. A sliding door closes off the bedroom from the living area when total privacy is desired.