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Sant Antoni Living

T111 Apartment, CaSA

12.10.18

The following is a description of a recently completed apartment refurbishment designed by CaSA, a studio that specialises in solving intricate spatial problems and creating optimum living spaces through the use of texture, colour and light.

  • T111 Apartment, CaSA
  • T111 Apartment, CaSA

     

    This small apartment is located on a top floor in the very trendy Sant Antoni neighbourhood, Barcelona. The brief was to take the empty, irregular floor plan (demolitions had already been carried out) and transform it into the perfect home for a young professional Italian woman. The client’s wishes were an open-plan day area, a clean-unfussy project, loads of light, a big kitchen unit, a minimalist double bedroom and en-suite bathroom, as big as possible, with natural light and ventilation, serving the bedroom but open to guests. The project had to provide plenty of storage in order to keep the spaces tidy, be very practical, while contemporary and cozy.

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    The floor plan has a narrow central body with two traingular-shaped spaces at each end, an awkwardly shaped property. A lot of thinking had to go into ways of providing space for everything. The entrance and corridor-like central space was clearly to become a linear kitchen space. The wider area overlooking the street, with the two balcony windows facing south was to be an open dining and living area. More complicated was to define the use and layout of bathroom, bedroom, and storage area, wedged tightly and strangely between entrance and the back of the property.

  • T111 Apartment, CaSA
  • T111 Apartment, CaSA

     

    The architects wanted to create spaces that felt as wide and comfortable as possible, optimising the reduced dimensions of the apartment. To achieve this CaSA chose to work with the diagonal lines of the existing apartment’s layout, not working against them but instead reinforcing the shape of the walls, slicing portions at an angle to amplify the feeling of width. Firstly by defining different intersecting areas based on these diagonal lines, creating two wedge-shaped volumes with different functions, covered in a rugged material, then carving voids within them and filling the remaining spaces with colours. For these areas, they opted for a neutral palette of muted, undertone colours: a sage grey for the interior of wardrobe and bathroom block, an ash pink for the dining table niche and a wine red in the entrance recess, playing with different textures, seeking an atmosphere that softens the light.

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    The chosen layout creates a filter between entrance and the private night-area: a rough-textured volume, with a cut-through, sage colour-block passage. This two-sided walk-through wardrobe has room enough for all the client’s clothes, shoes and accessories and also conceals the bathroom access.

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    A tactile, coarse, ivory-coloured plaster covers the outside of the bathroom and wardrobe volume, as well as the other angle-cut volume the dining and kitchen, helping to define subtly those two concept-generating blocks. The same coating (an effective thermal and acoustic insulation system by Weber) covers all the Catalan vaults of the ceiling, keeping the heat and noises of the rooftop out of the apartment, while softening the light, and covering tactilely some of the bespoke furniture.

  • T111 Apartment, CaSA
  • T111 Apartment, CaSA

     

    The bedroom is entered through double doors, lacquered on one side with the same sage color, but rough as the wall on the other. This is a very simple and quiet space by client’s will, with textured walls: the coarse inner side of the block and the brick wall that has been exposed and layered with a semi transparent whitish paint. The upper part of the bathroom and wardrobe volume (in dark grey) disguises doors giving access to a storage mezzanine as well as the air-conditioning ducts and machines.

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    The bathroom is lined with vertical tiles, in the same sage grey-green colour as the wardrobe and it’s designed to take advantage of irregularities. It features a wide, prism-shaped shower complete with a built-in seat, the transparent glass lets the light pass. All furniture is bespoke, including the wall closet lacquered in the same colour as the rest of the bathroom. Floors and the angle shaped counter are made in thin, micro-textured, large-format porcelain slabs. Two globe lamps, especially finished in brushed nickel, just like the faucets, are placed on each side of the circular mirror.

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    Once past the old entrance door, a recess area is defined by a dark red. Three bespoke oak elements, a box hiding the electric meter and two shelves designed for keys and accessories, are wedged in the acute angle between the door and the wardrobe block.

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    The kitchen was designed to be spacious and its counter is higher than standard to make it comfortable for the tall owner. For the same reason, the oven and microwave have been incorporated into the higher cabinets, rather then under the hobs. All appliances (washing machine, dishwasher, fridge) are concealed behind the warm grey panelling.  The counter top (in the same porcelain material used for the bathroom floors and counter) ends with a small floating area, cut at an angle, to satisfy the client’s request to have a small breakfast peninsula. Its porcelain rises to create a backsplash, cladding the windowsills. To light the worktop, four Micro Scoop directional wall lamps, with textured white finish. The kitchen’s linear configuration was bound by the long and narrow space, but the bespoke opposite the kitchen cabinets also host part of the kitchen goods and materials. A number of deep drawers is hidden within the low, bench-like furniture, clad in rough plaster and topped in the same oak as the floors.

  • T111 Apartment, CaSA
  • T111 Apartment, CaSA

     

    The same low cabinet turns into a bench that serves the table, around the corner in the dining area. This seat also doubles as storage, thanks to its tilting, trunk-like oak top. The dining zone is defined by the niche, painted in muted pink, lit by a LED light filament concealed above it. This recess is carved within an oblique plane that reaches the kitchen at its other end, all covered in textured paste, that holds the air-conditioned ducts and diffusers. The two big outdoor window openings of the living room were recovered, its windows upgraded like all the others. All of the apartment’s windows are equipped with Foscurit fabric roller blinders, except these two that have roller shutters. The original brick wall behind the salon was first uncovered and then decorated through a whitish paint (the same process used on the bed head wall). A filament of indirect LED lights runs above the outer wall.

  • T111 Apartment, CaSA
  • T111 Apartment, CaSA

     

    The living room is furnished with pieces by Kettal: The Riva armchair was picked for the beautiful, natural texture of its solid teak planks and for the tan leather cushions; The Boma sofa matches the subtle color tones of the spaces with its mink colored fabric and its angled, dark red legs; A group of side tables livens up the centre of the living room with pieces by collections like Zigzag, Vieques, Cala and Object, and Mesh planters. An Atom floor lamp by Aromas, especially finished in brushed nickel, is placed on the side of the sofa. The dining area features an extendible Cream Table by Calligaris and woven wicker chairs Riba by Triconfort. A black and white geometric artwork by artist Rodrigo Schiavoni is on the bench. A black Revolver stool by Hay completes the kitchen counter. In the entrance, on one of the bespoke shelves, a Carrie LED portable lamp by Menu.

  • T111 Apartment, CaSA