Creating the interior of an apartment of 70 square meters is quite a difficult task. Anna and Eugeni Bach have proposed an incredible expansion project in Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain.
Anna and Eugeni Bach:
“The project included a complete reconstruction of an apartment in the Eixample – Barcelona area, located in a brick building of the early twentieth century.
Initially, there were two rooms in the building with a view of the facade, the rest were illuminated and ventilated through a wide courtyard. This arrangement gave rise to a number of corridors and dark spaces that did not perform any functions other than connecting.
The new location was due to the desire of customers to arrange two bedrooms with a view of the facade, and the kitchen, dining room, living room and space exploration room will be organized in the rest of the house. Too many functions were assigned to such a short wall with windows to the courtyard.
We decided to keep two bedrooms and create an open space that will perform all these functions. The generous height of the house allowed us to develop a separate kitchen. As if we had constructed a piece of furniture. And on top of it, an attic was formed, which can be used as a guest room or a room for work.
This solution has positive aspects, at least in that it allows you to use the exceptional height of the apartment. Frees up additional space. Frees up access to all other rooms. The detached kitchen, of a lower height, further emphasizes the idea of an open space.
The original small toilet is located in front of the entrance. The bathroom was placed opposite the master bedroom. And the use of exceptional height made it possible to raise the bathroom floor and create an additional storage area. Additional space is also achieved by placing the bathroom under the shower, combining both functions in one space.”
What happened first
The designers needed to create a reconstruction project for an apartment of approximately 70 square meters. Initially, the windows of two rooms faced the street, the rest were facing the courtyard. This layout assumed many corridors, and some rooms did not receive sufficient lighting.
When creating a new layout, the wishes of customers were taken into account: two rooms facing the street (bedrooms) were preserved, and the part of the house where the living room, kitchen, dining room and study were located was changed.
The bedrooms were left untouched, and it was decided to combine the rest of the rooms into a common space that includes all the functions that several rooms used to combine.
In the far part of the common room, the designers designed the kitchen, using unique furniture to organize it as a separate room, and the ceiling height allowed an additional space to be arranged above it, which can be used as a guest room or as a workplace.
The high ceiling makes the common room more “open” and spacious, from it you can get into all the other rooms. Its peculiarity emphasizes the fact that the kitchen does not occupy the entire space up to the ceiling in height.
A small bathroom immediately opposite the entrance to the house was left, but the designers changed the bathroom near the bedroom, again playing with heights. The floor level in it is higher than in the whole house, and an additional storage space is organized below. Even more free space is released due to the fact that the functions of the bathroom and shower are combined.
House plan before renovation:
3. Dining room
The house after redevelopment:
4. Dining room
5. Living room (common room)
7. Second bedroom
9. Guest room or workplace
The use of the height of the floor for the organization of additional space from above is shown.