Best 10 interiors of 2020

A selection of ten interiors published this year on domusweb: apartments, public bathrooms, stores and spas, designed all over the world. 

Interlocking levels define the renovation of Yurikago House in Barcelona

Mas-aqui has renovated a 1924 building located near Park Güell in Barcelona. The two-storey structure has been transformed into a multi-level apartment that rethinks the entire space: mezzanines have been included to make the most of the height and the basement, abandoned for years and accessible only through an external staircase, has been recovered. Read full article here.

The renovation of a sentō, a traditional public bathhouse in Japan

When Lucio Modesto, a spa engineer from ancient Rome, suddenly finds himself in a Japanese public bathhouse, he has the chance to grasp its innovations and take them back in time. This happens in Thermae Romae, a manga by Mari Yamazaki, who leads the reader in the amazing universe of sentō, the traditional Japanese public bathhouse used by the community for body cleansing and socialization. Read full article here.

A wooden ribbon gives a contemporary look to a Haussamanian apartment

Toledano+architects renovates a Parisian local using two equipped walls that change its appearance as needed. In Paris, in a typical Haussmanian building, the studio renovated an apartment of a young couple. Redesigning the interior, the main purpose of the Parisian studio was to restore a strong contemporary character to the place, still preserving the original features. Read full article here.

A concept store in Shenzhen between brutalism and psychedelia

Designed by Yebin Design studio, Conemoting Market is a new retail space in Shenzhen, the first in its area to embrace the concept store formula. Located in a residential neighborhood built in the '90s, the environment is divided between the basement, used for the sale of clothes and products by independent brands, and the ground floor, used as a café and, in the evening, as a bar. Read full article here.

A house in Maine where all the furniture is for sale

In Kennebunk, Maine, the Brooklyn-based agency An Aesthetic Pursuit takes up the "Shoppable Stay" formula to rethink an old country residence of 280 square meters, now used as a holiday home. The vacation becomes a prelude to the eventual purchase of their Pieces collection, a line of carpets, tables and accessories, here complemented by other furnishings and accessories selected from Vitra's catalogue and Alvar Aalto’s masterpieces for Artek.  Read full article here.

A play of tactile contrasts at Acne Studios store in Nagoya

In Nagoya, Japan, Arquitectura-G completed the retail store of the Swedish fashion brand Acne Studios. The Catalan practice has accustomed us to its home interiors full of refined details and warmth, in both colour range and scale. Today, however, it is working on projects that go beyond the geographical and scale boundaries beaten until now: this is how Acne Nagoya surprises, in terms of finishes, space and contrasts. Read full article here.

Quotes from the masters in an architect’s penthouse in Milan

In the heart of a district created to house the emerging Milanese bourgeoisie at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, where the old Lazaret once stood, architect Gino Guarnieri chose to recover the attic of an eclectic neo-Romanesque building dating back to 1913 as a home and studio for himself and his family. Today the area is an institutional centre of the city undergoing major urban transformations as well as vibrant ethnic and cultural liveliness. Read full article here.

A workshop-house in Indonesia is a catalogue of traditional and contemporary technologies