Private client. Completed 2018. Plaça de la Mercè, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona.
The office was commissioned to provide interior design services for the refurbishment of this period building on Plaça de la Mercè, in the heart of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. The building was previously used for educational purposes and has now been converted into flats for rent.
The brief for the apartments was to follow the ‘loft’ typology to provide flexible living arrangements that allowed interior spaces to be joined together or segregated in accordance with the occupants needs.
In response, life in the apartments is organised around a central piece of furniture that subdivides the main space and allows individual spaces to be closed off at night or left completely open at other times of the day. Although the spaces are connected in line with the open plan ‘loft’ concept, they are also clearly identifiable as bedroom, study, livingroon, kitchen etc.
Due to the narrowness of the flanking streets, the concept includes a central, ambient light feature to supplement internal light levels. The feature has been designed as an integral part of the modular furniture and defines the character of the interior.