An Architect’s 1950s Barcelona Flat Pops With Geometric Color

The founder of Raúl Sánchez Architects restyles his dated corner unit behind a chamfered facade in Barcelona’s Poblenou area.

Inside Residence 0110, a brass-clad structural wall adds a pop of color to the open living area, which is lined on one side with black-stained oak and stainless-steel cabinets, walls, and doors. Throughout the 1,023-square-foot apartment, colorful and geometric details are echoed in accent walls and custom shelves.

Stainless-steel doors and a pink triangle threshold create a unique entryway to the bedrooms.

Stainless-steel doors and a pink triangle threshold create a unique entryway to the bedrooms.

Architect Raúl Sánchez purchased the apartment for himself, his wife, and their infant twins just two weeks before Spain’s Covid-19 lockdown began in 2020. He wanted a place that was characteristic of his own design sensibility, using simple shapes, materials, light, and color, to enhance the complexity of the living experience.

The brass-clad central pillar serves as a remnant of the existing structural system. 

The brass-clad central pillar serves as a remnant of the existing structural system. 

A light-pink accent wall behind the bookshelf ties in with the triangular corridor to the bedrooms.

A light-pink accent wall behind the bookshelf ties in with the triangular corridor to the bedrooms.

The architect tore down and reinforced the structural walls to open up two narrow rooms in the apartment. The central space became an open-plan living room, kitchen, library, and play area. 

A tan-leather sofa and circular area rug soften the stark contrasts of color. 

A tan-leather sofa and circular area rug soften the stark contrasts of color. 

Steps away, a light-pink motif calls out a triangular corridor that gives way to the two bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom. "It’s a big space where we can live," Raúl says. 

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The black-stained oak walls are meant to blur the limits between the public and private areas. 

The black-stained oak walls are meant to blur the limits between the public and private areas. 

The architect designed the kitchen cabinets with black-wood cabinetry and stainless steel. 

The architect designed the kitchen cabinets with black-wood cabinetry and stainless steel. 

Cement floor tiles match accents on the ceiling and walls. 

Cement floor tiles match accents on the ceiling and walls. 

A pink niche in the bathroom resolves the balance of color. 

A pink niche in the bathroom resolves the balance of color. 

Custom door pulls in the bedroom evoke the triangular shape of the transitional space.

Custom door pulls in the bedroom evoke the triangular shape of the transitional space.

Brass shelves in the bedroom echo the structural pillar in the living area. 

Brass shelves in the bedroom echo the structural pillar in the living area. 

The bathroom also incorporates the recurring triangle motif.

The bathroom also incorporates the recurring triangle motif.

The en suite bathroom features a walk-in closet with custom shelving.

The en suite bathroom features a walk-in closet with custom shelving.

Built-in cabinetry fills one wall in the primary bedroom.

Built-in cabinetry fills one wall in the primary bedroom.

The nursery is situated in the chamfered corner of the 1950s apartment.

The nursery is situated in the chamfered corner of the 1950s apartment.

The Residence 0110 floor plan by Raúl Sánchez Architects

The Residence 0110 floor plan by Raúl Sánchez Architects

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An Ancient Barcelona Apartment Gets a Colorful, Chic Makeover

Project Credits:

Architect of Record: Raúl Sánchez Architects

Builder/General Contractor: Arq Fai Projects

Structural Engineer: Diagonal Estructuras

Civil Engineer: Marc Mares

Interior Design: Raúl Sánchez Architects

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