Maisonette Reno

Living room
Living room (formerly the bedroom)

The renovation of this two-story apartment in Barcelona consists of the inversion of uses on each level to take better advantage of a roof terrace with panoramic views of the city. Originally, the lower floor contained the daytime spaces, and the upper floor a bedroom opening onto the terrace. The renovation transformed the upstairs bedroom into a living-dining room with kitchen, and the original downstairs living-dining room and kitchen into two bedrooms and an office. The vertical opening between the two floors was also enlarged so that a new, more comfortable stair could be installed, as was the sliding door opening between the living room and the roof terrace.

Upper Floor Plan
Lower Floor Plan
Kitchen
Kitchen (formerly a narrow corridor)
Stair connecting both levels
Library
Office (formerly kitchen)
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Two bedrooms (formerly living room)
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Main bedroom
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Main bedroom
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Secondary bedroom
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View of moon rising over the Barcelona waterfront’s ‘twin towers’

Credits:

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

About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

Architect, educator and writer. Partner at ArqEstructura. Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary. Blogger at criticalista.com.

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