Located in Eixample, Barcelona, the top two floors of this block were reformed into a single apartment to take advantage of the existing terraces. Architects Anna & Eugeni Bach managed to create a modern and contemporary style apartment completed by a unifying staircase.
The ground floor consists of a 65 m2 apartment, heading the street and receiving abundant natural light into the kitchen and the bathroom through an inner patio.
The upper-floor 40 m2 apartment has been built later, probably during the 60s. It consisted of a simple volume built on the terrace, separated from the street and from one of the neighbouring buildings, leaving an L-shaped narrow open space.
The planning of the apartment gravitates around the staircase. This element becomes more than just a link between the two floors. It absorbs the kitchen and the storage space on the lower level as well as the study and the laundry space on the top floor.
At the same time, the staircase represents a space for visual contact between the two floors via an inner window and a large sliding door on the upper studio. It allows getting visual contact from the upper floor until the kitchen downstairs. The visual contact helps you understand the flat as a whole, and not just as the superposition of two different apartments.
Due to the available surface of each floor, the architects understood that they had to organise the lower one as the main floor, accommodating the entry, the living room, the dining room, the kitchen, a room for children and a bathroom. The upper floor is a more intimate place for the parents, with their bedroom, bathroom and a study room.
On the outdoor spaces, a folding ladder allows the lower terrace to gain room, leaving the top terrace as a space for occasional events.
"The existing hydraulic floor tiles had been removed in earlier refurbishments and there were only enough pieces for half of the lower floor surface, but we were lucky enough, that at the same time we started to work, there was another refurbishment in the same block where they were going to throw all their floor tiles away.
We picked those tiles and together with the existing ones in our apartment we checked the possibilities for different patterns on the lower floor. The final solution was to place the different tiles in stripes, despite the walls and partitions, so that we gained a feeling of continuity that helps you understand the floor plan as a continuous space.", the architects said.