The clientʼs wish to retrieve the art nouveau essence has led the project to the restoration of original features while adding new components that speak the same language without betraying their own contemporaneity. For this purpose some of the original features have been rescued, like the original windows woodwork, or the Catalan vaults, previously hidden behind a false ceiling.
For the same reason it was decided to reinterpret one of the most characteristic elements of art nouveau apartments in Barcelona: the floors. The architects designed an hydraulic tile – a typical element of this kind of early twentieth century dwelling – using the current hexagonal format and contemporary colours. A Mediterranean-inspired atmosphere dominates the entire floor with a combination of colours partly suggested by original features – such as the amaranth wooden window frames of the facade – and dominated by white and pastel tones. Large paintings by Piero Serboli dominate the living space and the suite, offering a Mediterranean and colourful imagery.
Tyche Apartment, Barcelona, Spain
Architects: CaSA (Andrea Serboli, Matteo Colombo) and Margherita Serboli
Area: 94 sqm