In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win

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By Allie Weiss / Published by Dwell
A renovation brings light and order to a Spanish flat, maintaining its standout ceilings.
In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win - Photo 1 of 5 - 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.  

In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win - Photo 2 of 5 - 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.  

In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win - Photo 3 of 5 - 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.  

In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win - Photo 4 of 5 - 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.  

In Barcelona, Vaulted Ceilings Are Always a Win - Photo 5 of 5 - 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.