Presented during Barcelona Design Week 2017, the Ciutat Vella Apartment is a renovation project designed by YLAB arquitectos for a Dutch couple to use as their second home. The apartment is located on the top floor of the building making way for treetop and sky views overlooking the town hall square. The original design was dark and sectioned off into smaller, unusable spaces, so it was opened up and given a neutral color palette that became the perfect backdrop for their art collection and Scandinavian-inspired furnishings.
The new layout created a large open space in the center for the living room, dining room, and kitchen. The bright and airy room is unified with the light gray cement floors and refinished white ceiling.
The living room is outfitted with modular sofas and tables by Punt and another sofa by B&B. Underneath the coffee table is a rug by nanimarquina and the artwork above the main sofa is by Iñigo Arregi.
Sliding doors disappear into the walls that divide the living area with the study and bedroom, which are on opposite sides of the apartment. When the doors are open, additional light pours into the interior.
A large island becomes the focus of the mostly white kitchen with its contrasting dark walnut veneer and hammered black granite countertop. One end of the island includes the stove and sink, while the other becomes the dining table with bar-height stools from Capellini.
Photos by Tobias Laarmann.