Barcelona Loft by YLAB Arquitectos

Located in the traditional neighborhood of Poble Nou in Barcelona, Spain the interior of this loft in an old building certainly doesn’t feel like your typical loft.

Designed by Spanish firm YLAB Arquitectos, the 100m2 apartment, which has a deep and narrow floorplan, required an interior renovation that would maximize light and ventilation. The young owner wanted a space that was modern and suitable for entertaining. The new space includes a bedroom suite, guest bedroom and bath, studio, kitchen, and dining area.

From the designers:

In order to maximize the lighting it is necessary to achieve a structural intervention that completely eliminates the internal partitions and a structural wall located directly behind the back façade, which is key to the optimal use of light.

Moreover, due to the difficult geometry of the housing, all the different functions can only be accommodated through a flexible and unconventional distribution that allows joining and separating spaces and even change their function, depending on the occasion. The new distribution consists of a large diaphanous and spacious common area, which runs continuously from façade to façade, and a private semi-closed box formed by the bedroom suite and guest bathroom.

The common area is formed by the entrance hall, dining room, library, studio and living room in the rear facade, and the kitchen in the front facade. All these areas are aligned along a longitudinal wall made of hand made solid brick.

The bedroom is located between a high cupboard, with the double function of entrance hall wardrobe and bedroom closet, and a large wooden core containing the two bathrooms, which becomes a piece of furniture with shelves in the studio area. This furniture hides two large sliding wooden doors that allow the independency of two different spaces: the bedroom, which is separated from the common area, and a part of the living room containing a sofa-bed, that allows a punctual use as a guest room.

The wooden core is a deep framework framing and raising the bathrooms. The cross partitions are resolved with sliding translucent glass doors to enable lighting, ventilation and visual connection between spaces. In the inside all inner surfaces, including ceiling and floor, are covered with light colour Bisazza mosaic and mirror. The sanitaries and fixtures are suspended or free standing to contribute to the feeling of transparency. The result is a game of gloss and reflections that multiply the light and convert the bathroom into a bright and sophisticated space, in contrast to the warm and sober rest of the house.

Architecture and interior design: YLAB Arquitectos
Authors: Tobias Laarmann & Yolanda Yuste López
Project: Interior housing renovation
Client: Private
Completion Date: 10/2009
Floor Area: 100 m2 interior + 100 m2 terrace
Location: Poble Nou Quarter. Barcelona
Photos: Raúl Candales & Esther Algara

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