Plaça Catalunya Penthouse
Located at the beating heart of Barcelona’s restaurant, shopping and leisure scene this penthouse apartment with surround terrace was designed by local architectural practice YLAB. The clients for the project involving the refurbishment of a former office space to accommodate a weekend home for an English couple required a sophisticated and clutter free space where efficient building services, security and interior design were all considered equally. Most of the 90 sq.m. interior consists of a single living-dining-kitchen space which is divided using furniture and screens rather than compartmentalised with partitions. The external walls, floors and ceilings are highlighted using a separate colour scheme in order to emphasise this volume within a container concept. The long axis of the apartment opens onto a 45 sq.m. private terrace which extends the living spaces outdoors and provides extraordinary views over the city’s most important public space.
In order to achieve the most efficient and natural interior comfort conditions, avoiding hot and cold air currents, the apartment uses the Movinord system which involves a network of pipes built into the floors and walls with running water that both heats and cools the apartment when required. Individual spaces can be controlled separately. The apartment is also entirely automated and can be supervised and programmed remotely via computer or any mobile device.
The linear configuration of the space is divided into discreet zones
Security was also an important consideration for the clients given the periodic occupation, with a total of 6 layers of defence including movement sensors, infrared cameras and dual connection alarm. Nonetheless all these functional elements are secondary to the actual space and its understated luxury and practical comfort.
Moving screens are used instead of partitions to define the programme
Spaces can be opened or closed depending on the time of day
The 45 sq.m. terrace has views directly over the Plaza Catalunya
- Tobias Laarmann y Yolanda Yuste López
- photos: Stephan Zaehring Mides