Ur­ban and Green

In a build­ing dat­ing from 1909, this unique apartment has been re­stored for mod­ern liv­ing in Barcelona.

Chic & Country - - Contents - Stylist: O. Gil-Ver­net Pho­tos: F. Freixa/RBA

The truth is that be­cause this apartment was empty for many years, most of its orig­i­nal fea­tures were pre­served. It was built in 1909 by a Mod­ernist ar­chi­tect, “but it’s also true that from the very first time we saw it”, ex­plains the owner, “we de­cided to re­spect its won­der­ful mo­saic floors, the ceil­ing mould­ing and the orig­i­nal wood­work such as the in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal shut­ters”. For this rea­son, when it came to re­fur­bish it, they only did what was strictly nec­es­sary to gain func­tion­al­ity. Sit­u­ated in the Ex­am­ple area in trendy Barcelona, the apartment is on the first floor and the cir­cu­lar dis­tri­bu­tion means that the main three rooms are in­ter­con­nected. In one of the rooms, the owner, who is an ar­chi­tect, has her study. The liv­ing room leads to the main bed­room which has an en­suite bath­room. No walls were taken down but the own­ers chose a dis­tri­bu­tion ac­cord­ing to their needs. For

ex­am­ple they choose the sun­ni­est room for the study be­cause work­ing there dur­ing the day is a joy. The abun­dant plants al­most cre­ate an in­door gar­den as they pro­vide fresh­ness and a touch of na­ture in the city. The mo­saic floor in brown and red­dish colours has been the ba­sis for the colour scheme of the apartment, with a pal­ette in tones that go from white to brown. The main bed­room ex­plores the same colour scheme and cush­ions in var­i­ous earthy colours con­trast with the white bed­ding. It’s a room filled with warmth in win­ter and bright and airy in the sum­mer. The fur­ni­ture is eclec­tic and it in­cludes an­tiques as well as de­sign pieces. In the din­ing area which looks onto the in­door pa­tio, the ef­fect of the sim­ple wicker chairs gives the room a win­ter gar­den look that works all year round. When the Barcelona hot sum­mer is spent in the city, the din­ing room is cool and pleas­ant for early sup­pers with friends.

Flow­ers, plants and touches of green here and there fill the space with na­ture and fresh­ness.

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