Raúl Sánchez Architects recently completed renovations of the “Sardenya Apartment”, a residential flat on the fourth floor of a 1970s-style building in Barcelona. Viewing the previous state of the apartment as outmoded and corseted, the architects aimed to create a two-bedroom Barcelona apartment with a flexible layout rooted in modern sensibilities. Only the original structure system was kept – everything else was reimagined into an open-plan space with distinctive black and white tones.“The idea of the layout is based on two L-shaped partitions,” Sánchez continued. “These divide the interior yet allow the apartment to have a continual flow.”
The lessening of boundaries between rooms maximises this free-flowing central concept. For example, floor-to-ceiling pivoting doors, with no perimeter frames, section off the bedroom and the guest bathroom. This gives a sense of boundlessness, especially while open. Glass sliding doors seperate the master bedroom from the main living area. The combination of matte, translucent and transparent glass blurs the boundaries between space, while the panels, which don’t reach the ceiling, allow more light into the bedroom. Similarly, the study area’s pivoting door and kitchen’s mirror wall heightens the sense of an ambiguous space.Further, the monochromatic colour palette heightens this spatial treatment. Notably, architects used it as a tool to delineate flexible living space, painting the kitchen black to create a distinction from the white living area. The bathroom suite is also completely black, mixing together ceramic, granite and black varnish. Its taps, sinks and other accessories are all black. It finds its polar opposite in the guest bathroom, where the granite, micro-cement and the varnish are all white. Outdoors, the innovative use of space and colour motifs are continued. Black textured porcelain tiles line the apartment’s terrace, marking a perimeter band of white micro-cement. The 75 square-metre Barcelona apartment is located in Gràcia, a district known for its lively street life and great food. The flat features stunning city views that extend all the way to the beach. Designed as a bachelor pad, it aims to provide for luxurious, single living.