Apartment Eixample is a dwelling with a simple beauty, located in Eixample, Barcelona, designed by Adrian Elizalde. The building dating from 1930, has a surface of 70 m² with a main façade facing 'Provença' street and a service yard. At first, the apartment had the typical distribution of the old dwellings in Barcelona, many subdivided rooms and different layers of materials that had overlaid over the years. Regarding the limited budget available, the architects decided to maintain the location of the kitchen and bathroom, renewing them completely and therefore use more resources in the rest of the apartment. Before the intervention, the apartment had a decayed image and very dark due to the excessive division of the spaces. The main action taken was a selective 'defoliation' of all the layers to reach the traditional building elements as: tiled floors, vaulted ceilings and original wood joinery. The unique colors and drawings of the tiled pavement is an important element they wanted to highlight, the architects maintained the highest number of pieces discarding only the ones that were in very poor conditions. To improve natural light and give homogeneity to the project the architects painted the whole apartment in white enhancing thus, the tiled floor and its colors. The new materials included, though clearly contemporary, discuss harmoniously with the old to maintain the perception of unity. The architects simplified the distribution to obtain larger and brighter spaces. The most important part is the dining room, the heart of the apartment where there is a table of 3.10 meters long and a bench of 5.20 meters along the wall, which functions as seating, shelf, storage space, etc. This unique table in the apartment located between the living room, master bedroom and kitchen gathers all the activities of the apartment, acting as a study table, dining table, place connected with certain tasks in the kitchen.

Design
Adrian Elizalde
Location
Eixample, Barcelona, Spain
Year
Photographs
Adrià Goula Photo