RENOVATION AND REFURBISHMENT OF SEMI-BASEMENT FLAT IN BARCELONA

The semi-basement garden flat was full of potential, but was plagued with rising damp. The problem was solved by injecting resins into the structural walls, demolishing all partition walls and building new walls upon a new raised and ventilated floor slab.

The new partition walls are raised only to the height of the doors, and the space above is filled with glass so that the vaulted ceilings and their beams are never intercepted by a solid wall and become extensive, continuous planes.

The central area houses the kitchen and the bathrooms as well as an open space outside the kitchen that is used as a library. The kitchen is closed off with glass so that it becomes part of this central space rather than a separate, isolated room. 
Its work surface and splashback are made of seamless stainless-steel with incorporated sinks.

A long bookshelf is the boundary between the living-dining area and the two main bedrooms. Sliding doors slip between the bookshelf and the built-in wardrobes to close off the bedrooms. A painted MDF panel is the continuation of these sliding doors and becomes the element that runs through the whole dwelling, accommodating hidden cupboards, doors and the front door. It reflects light that enters from the garden into the otherwise dark entrance hall.
Inversely, it is the element that meets you at the entrance and draws you through into the heart of the dwelling




 photos: Michel Curel

previous 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/).

A SOLUTION (THE END OF THE BOOKEND)

A SOLUTION (THE END OF THE BOOKEND)