WORLD VIEW

In a dis­tinct nod to glob­al­ism, this Barcelona apart­ment art­fully melds con­tem­po­rary African in­flu­ences with its bustling Span­ish sur­rounds.

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In a dis­tinct nod to glob­al­ism, this Barcelona apart­ment art­fully melds con­tem­po­rary African in­flu­ences with its bustling Span­ish sur­rounds.

In a stylish av­enue known as Pas­seig de Gra­cia in Barcelona, Spain, the look is lux­u­ri­ous and the ar­chi­tec­ture, ar­rest­ing. In one of its build­ings, this ex­pan­sive sec­ond floor apart­ment that looks out to Gaudi’s iconic Casa Mila per­fectly mir­rors that vibe. Its in­te­ri­ors are a fluid ex­pres­sion of rich earthy tones and dis­tinc­tive lines, con­vey­ing a pic­ture of un­der­stated lux­ury.

While the ex­te­ri­ors are au­then­ti­cally Barcelo­nian, the in­te­ri­ors hold hints of the owner’s West African ori­gins. “The apart­ment has a feel that com­bines con­tem­po­rary de­signs with a blend of African in­flu­ences” says Mark Rielly, ARRCC part­ner and the pro­ject leader who over­saw the apart­ment’s de­sign. The en­trance area fea­tures unique brass screens with tri­an­gu­lar per­fo­rated cutouts in­spired by African bead­ing, while a trop­i­calthemed tim­ber ceil­ing fea­ture flows dra­mat­i­cally across the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas to vis­ually marry the large, open-plan space.

“Cu­rated pieces of art­work from the owner’s pri­vate col­lec­tion in­tro­duce strong colours to the blend of raw wood, metal­lic, suede and high gloss sur­faces,” adds Mark, “to cre­ate a dis­tinct global style.”

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