Low-Cost Flat Reno


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Floor plan before renovation (left) and after (right). 

This small apartment renovation project in the Ciutat Vella district of Barcelona overcame an awkward and inefficient organization of space by redistributing uses, consolidating daytime spaces, and reducing corridor length. A small kitchen became a bathroom, while a small living room, an awkward storage space, and a stretch of corridor became consolidated into a single, larger living room containing a new kitchen. Clerestory windows between the new bathroom and living room, as well as tall sliding doors connecting the bedrooms with the living room allow light and views to penetrate the entire apartment, thereby “enlarging” the flat perceptually. The complete refurbishment of this 45 m2 flat was done with a budget of only 16 thousand euro, or 356 € per m2.

Structural consultant: Carmela Torró Micó

Contractor: Joan Fontbernat Fontbernat


About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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