This renovation of my two-story apartment in Barcelona’s El Raval neighborhood consisted of inverting the spaces on the different levels in order to take maximum advantage of a private rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the city. Originally, access to this terrace required traversing an upstairs bedroom reached by climbing a steep ship’s ladder from the entry hall below. The upstairs bedroom was converted into the living room so that it would be adjacent to the terrace, and the original downstairs living room was converted into two bedrooms. A new upstairs kitchen was created out of what was formerly a corridor, allowing the downstairs kitchen to be transformed into a study. A new stair was built to replace the ship’s ladder, a new wooden deck now covers the terrace, and the sliding-door opening onto the terrace was doubled in width.
I’m responsible for the framing, electrical, drywall, and wood work, and very grateful to the following professionals who were also involved:
Structural consultant: Carmela Torró Micó
Steel work: Miguel Vila
Masonry and plumbing: Ion “Juan” Veverita