The new configuration was conditioned by the customers’ wish to keep the two rooms at the facade as bedrooms, whilst a new living room, dining, kitchen and a study space would be organised in the rest of the house. Too many functions for such a short facade to the inner patio.
The solution adopted by Anna & Eugeni Bach retains the two bedrooms and creates an open space which accommodates all the functions. The generous height of the house allowed them to design the kitchen, almost like piece of furniture, in the back of the open space, generating a loft, the top which can be used as a study, or a guest room.
This solution had the advantage of allowing full use of the exceptional height of the appartment and providing the generous central space, which gives access to all the other rooms. The distinct kitchen resembling a piece of furniture, and the fact that it does not use all the height further emphasizes the idea of a large open central space.
This very clear outline is adapted to the irregular boundaries of the appartment with the bathrooms and services. The original small toilet space in front of the entrance is kept, and, again, making use of the height, the architects modified the bathroom near the master bedroom. An elevated bathroom floor permits a storage space underneath. Additional space is gained by locating the bathtub under the shower, combining both functions in one space.
Apartment refurbishment In Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain
Architects: Anna & Eugeni Bach
Collaborators: Albert Cabrer
Contractor: Oak 2000
Area: 70 sqm