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Twin House

2 Apartments in Barcelona

By Brian Gallagher Fotos; Nieve Productora Audiovisual 22.05.14

This refurbishment of two separate apartments within the same building on the same floor level in the Gótico neighbourhood of Barcelona was limited by a restricted budget and the poor condition of the existing apartments. The two existing apartments were accessed from the same landing. The awkward location of the front doors resulted in a difficult internal layout which did not take full advantage of the building’s possibilities. By relocating the doors and incorporating found elements a new layout was designed that recovered the original spirit of the space. The timber rafters were treated to avoid insect contamination (which had previously been a problem) and reinforced with metal profiles to prevent deformation. Similarly with the floor paving a compression layer of concrete was added to give strengthen and unify the entire floor plate.

The kitchen installation was treated like a horizontal piece of furniture in the living room, with a low fridge and freezer to avoid a vertical element, and white upper cabinets which help camouflage and integrate with the surrounding envelope. Bathrooms were incorporated into the bedrooms, a change of level defining their thresholds. Only the shower and toilet are closed using a light and translucent partition system. These two sanitary elements are located back to back on either side of the master wall between both houses forming a ‘wet’ zone. The green walls tiles used in the bathrooms and kitchens reinforce this idea of a humid zone.

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    A timber strip is embedded into the flooring at the entrance to the bedrooms. As well as marking the threshold to the more private zone, the timber also transforms into a bedside table or seat. A linear lighting rod is placed directly over the strip of wood which also forms an open wardrobe for hanging clothes.

  • Twin House
  • Twin House
  • Twin House
  • Twin House
  • Twin House
  • Twin House
  • Twin House