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Contemporary apartment in Art Nouveau building by CaSA and Margherita Serboli

By Diana Porumboiu on August 14, 2015

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A home away from home, who wouldn’t like that? To have another space that you can call home and where you can relax when you get bored of the city you live in and the daily routine. One Italian family has a dream space in Barcelona that has been renovated by CaSA and architect Margherita Serboli.

The apartment, located in an Art Nouveau building gave a few challenges to the team of architects and designers that had to come up with solutions for an old space which has some odd elements. The biggest challenge was to rearrange the space that had a longitudinal layout and made it difficult to let light in.

The poor distribution of rooms was updated by the architects and they managed to transform the place into a modern apartment with three bedrooms flooded with light and modern elements that balance perfectly the early 1900 detailing.

In order let natural light in, the walls that were fragmenting the space were transformed into transversal axes. This way they created an open living space that continues with the kitchen, where a bedroom used to be and three bedrooms, one of which has its own bathroom.

The hydraulic tiles, a specific element of the early 1900s, were custom made for this apartment and the contemporary colors tie together the old and the new. Bold colors were used throughout the entire apartment, like pink, orange or green, thus contrasting with the rough terracotta ceilings that were unveiled to expose the original Catalan elements.

The furniture completes the space and brings in some more colors and shapes that remind us more of the 70s than the 19th century.

A cool apartment for perfect vacations and a great inspiration for our own spaces.

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