Apartment in the Sant Antoni Neighbourhood (Barcelona)

The original layout of the apartment in a 1980’s building was sub-divided into many small rooms and corridors to access them.
The client wanted a space that was open, bright and textured where he could cook and entertain whilst enjoying the view through the balcony doors towards the mountain.

All interior walls were demolished and three free-standing cupboards that house wardrobes, storage and the kitchen cupboards and appliances were strategically placed to organise the apartment.
Doors of the same material slide to close off the spaces when necessary, but are hidden within the cupboards when open.
The materials used are recycled timber cladding for cupboards and floors, external walls and ceilings are stripped of old plaster as far as the structural fabric which is then painted with many layers of white paint to soften the surfaces. Large format black slate clads the surfaces of the walk-in shower. Black granite is used for the kitchen work surfaces.

the original state of the apartment

PEREC BOOKSHELF SYSTEM (with carles muro)

Until now, the best shelving systems on the market have largely addressed issues of versatility, load-bearing, assembly etc. When a generic shelf is used for storing books, it performs well either when completely full - not one book can be added or removed- or when it is supplemented with a number of bookends. Otherwise the books lose balance, fall to one side and eventually become damaged. We propose a shelf specifically thought for books; A bookshelf that takes advantage of the weight of the books to achieve a permanent state of equilibrium, regardless of the number of books sitting on the shelf: a living bookshelg. We have simply introduced a small inclination to what traditionally has been the horizontal shelf. The horizontal displacement of the modules allows for the creation of an infinite number of mosaic-like patterns on the wall, as well as accomodating books of different sizes. We presented a series of variations based on the same geometric principle of which the first, PEREC, was produced by PuntMobles (http://www.puntmobles.es/).