In Barcelona, a metamorphosis of a small apartment of 46 m² (151 ft) into a bright contemporary spatial experience, reminds us that the natural light is the supreme of all architectural materials.

The Lightslice, is a skinny triangle shaped apartment, located in the Historic Eixample of Barcelona. The architects, Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez at Cometa Architects, stripped down its dark layout and ‘rescued’ it from the run-down state, tranforming it into a luxurious bright space. To make the most of the compact 46sqm space and the available light, Cometa Architects removed all of the internal walls to create an open-plan apartment. Layers of floor tiling were removed and the original beams which were discovered under a false ceiling, finally got to be restored.
The design method to tackle the new spatial organization is the use of a longitudinal axis, on which the various objects such as the kitchen island, the bed the washing basin, have being perpendicularly placed, freeing the walls and leading to a more contemporary experience of space.

A second, latitudinal axis is cuting across; is what the architects define as the `Light Box´. This is a light-filtering screen, a custom-made lattice structure whose volume embraces the wet zone structure allows light from the large balcony windows to reach the the wet room and bedroom. At the same time, achieves to elegantly separate the sleeping area from the living area. At night time, the Light Box amplifies the glowing dimmerable light, creating a very relaxing ambience.

As the original floor was too damaged to save, the architects commissioned a custom design to replace it. The hand-made hydraulic tiles are put together in an new original pattern that creates a contemporary `tile carpet´ that runs through the space.

Mirrors have placed in key points of the house such as in the kitchen island and in the Light Box, aiding the space to grow and the light to multiply. All installations are superficial, specifically designed for the apartment, marking the ceiling and decorating the walls.

Finally, all lighting fixtures and the seating area chair are designed and made by Cometa Architects.

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Modern home with Kitchen, Undermount Sink, Pendant Lighting, Cement Tile Floor, Refrigerator, Wall Oven, and White Cabinet. The white kitchen is undeniably the focal point of the house. All lighting is custom made by the architects, Faidra Matziaraki and Victor Gonzalez Marti.

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The white kitchen is undeniably the focal point of the house. All lighting is custom made by the architects, Faidra Matziaraki and Victor Gonzalez Marti.

Modern home with Bath Room, Open Shower, Undermount Sink, Pendant Lighting, Freestanding Tub, One Piece Toilet, and Ceiling Lighting. The Lightox, a perforated metal screen separates the living space from the private zone, allowing all natural ight to enter. Photo 2 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

The Lightox, a perforated metal screen separates the living space from the private zone, allowing all natural ight to enter.

Modern home with Bath Room, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, One Piece Toilet, Open Shower, Freestanding Tub, and Undermount Sink. The LightBox also contains the wet area. Photo 3 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

The LightBox also contains the wet area.

Modern home with Bath Room. View from the bedroom towards the living zone. Photo 4 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

View from the bedroom towards the living zone.

The Volume of the kitchen along the restored catalan vaulted ceiling. Photo 5 of LIGHTSLICE apartment modern homeView Photos

The Volume of the kitchen along the restored catalan vaulted ceiling.

The hand-made tiles are placed in a evolving pattern, not repeated. Chair by manolito& Manolita ( Cometa Architects), tables by Fragmenst Bcn, Sofa by Pilma Photo 6 of LIGHTSLICE apartment modern homeView Photos

The hand-made tiles are placed in a evolving pattern, not repeated. Chair by manolito& Manolita ( Cometa Architects), tables by Fragmenst Bcn, Sofa by Pilma

Ktchem, Tiles, LightBox Photo 7 of LIGHTSLICE apartment modern homeView Photos

Ktchem, Tiles, LightBox

Strategically placed mirrors aim to `stretch´ the flooring and the unique pattern Photo 8 of LIGHTSLICE apartment modern homeView Photos

Strategically placed mirrors aim to `stretch´ the flooring and the unique pattern

Strategically placed mirrors have placed  in order to stretch the space. Photo 9 of LIGHTSLICE apartment modern homeView Photos

Strategically placed mirrors have placed in order to stretch the space.

Modern home with Bath Room, Undermount Sink, Drop In Sink, Open Shower, and Corner Shower. Corian Washing basin. Photo 10 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

Corian Washing basin.

Modern home with Bedroom, Shelves, Bookcase, Bed, Cement Tile Floor, Night Stands, and Floor Lighting. Towards the narrow part of the flat  that  benefits from the natural light Photo 11 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

Towards the narrow part of the flat that benefits from the natural light

Modern home with Bedroom, Floor Lighting, Bookcase, Bed, and Cement Tile Floor. reflections Photo 12 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

reflections

Modern home with Office, Chair, Cement Tile Floor, and Study. All furniture is made to measure, taking advantage of every possible  corner. Photo 13 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

All furniture is made to measure, taking advantage of every possible corner.

Modern home with Office, Chair, Library, and Study. Lighting Fixures made by Cometas Architects Photo 14 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

Lighting Fixures made by Cometas Architects

Modern home with Hallway and Brick Floor. Exposed wiring and restored Catalan vaulted ceiling Photo 15 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

Exposed wiring and restored Catalan vaulted ceiling

Modern home with Kitchen, Pendant Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. All Lighting  made by Cometa Architects Photo 16 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

All Lighting made by Cometa Architects

Modern home with Kitchen, Cement Tile Floor, Dishwasher, Wood Cabinet, Drop In Sink, Wall Oven, Microwave, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, White Cabinet, Refrigerator, and Undermount Sink. At night Photo 17 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

At night

Modern home with Kitchen, Ceiling Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Undermount Sink. At night Photo 18 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

At night

Modern home with Living Room, Concrete Floor, and Floor Lighting. Under Construction Photo 19 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

Under Construction

Modern home with Dining Room and Porcelain Tile Floor. Under Construction Photo 20 of LIGHTSLICE apartmentView Photos

Under Construction

Credits

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Architect
  • Faidra Matziaraki & Victor Gonzalez Marti
Builder
  • TC-Interiors.es
Photographer
  • Vicente Ortega
Bedrooms
  • 1
  • Full Baths
  • 1
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 150
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