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Before the reform, this Barcelona duplex It looked smaller. The reason was its fragmented distribution, based on narrow rooms that prevented appreciating the real area - very wide - of the house. The owners commissioned a comprehensive reform to Fondarius Architecture team. The works focused on removing all unnecessary walls to create on the ground floor an open space that will integrate the living room, the dining room, the kitchen and a playroom for the children. Without doors or partitions, this new distribution gave a radical turn to the duplex that, suddenly, revealed a large surface with a loft aesthetic that evokes the New York industrial buildings. However, the removal of walls posed some difficulties.
Both in the living room and in the kitchen, the architects found load-bearing walls impossible to eliminate due to constructive safety issues. The solution was keep pillars and partitions of half body which, in turn, were integrated into the project as elements with a decorative function. Thus, the metal pillar served to delimit the hall of the hall.
If all the environments where the family makes life in common were concentrated on the ground floor, the upper floor was reserved for the bedrooms. But both in one and the other, the Fondarius Architecture team had to face a new problem: the duplex had three terraces whose height was above ground level inside the house. To solve it, they resorted to a stone bench of San Vicente, which steps the access to the outside and, in passing, serves as a versatile auxiliary surface that is used both as a seat and as a shelf. Once all the construction aspects were solved, the decoration was adapted to the new loft air achieved in the house. Design pieces, in the right proportion, contribute to keeping the environments clear with a minimal aesthetic.
The difference between the living room and the terraces was saved with a stone bench covered with cushions, which is used as an auxiliary seat when friends come home. The sofa was an L-shaped model that was separated to update it. Cushions: striped, B&B, white, Filocolore and geometric, Gra. Pouf from Woodnotes. Blanket, from Filocolore. Carpet, by Francisco Cumellas. Flowers and candles, from Sia.Loft aesthetics
During the renovation partitions were demolished and exposed beams on the ceiling and metal pillars that give a certain industrial air to the house. Precisely, a pillar delimits the hall of the hall, decorated with a coat rack, a carpet and floor to ceiling cabinets integrated into the wall. Carpet, by Francisco Cumellas. Coat rack and entrance box, from DBarcelona.
Soft to the touch, its imitation hair finish adds a touch of warmth to the environment. It is sold in Filocolore, measures 24 x 44 cm and costs € 52.A lounge to enjoy
Every detail invites you to relax in the living room: reading lamps, the box with the favorite magazines ... Even the wooden stools that serve as a coffee table can be moved freely to adapt the seating area to any activity. Stools, from Cubiña. The In The Club painting is from DBarcelona.Decorative details in the living area
Of the Immaculate Conception: magazine rack and candlesticks. Lamps, by Luzio.
The ceilings, of different heights and with different materials, become active elements of the decoration. In some areas of the house false ceilings were installed to house the air conditioning and other facilities. The floor was covered with an industrial parquet that accentuates the feeling of continuity between the different environments.Design dining room
The dining room was decorated with selected pieces of design. The combination of black and white color favors a theatrical effect that softens with the warmth of the carpet, with long hair. Mesa, by Park Mobel. Chairs, acquired in DBarcelona. Carpet, from Francisco Cumellas. Sideboard, by La Favorita. The painting is a work of Laurence, acquired in The Immaculate Conception.Open spaces
The original distribution of the house, fragmented and with many small rooms, was replaced by a large open space in which the environments follow each other without walls that make them independent. The result? The house seems even more spacious and there is both visual and real communication, which lets you know what each family member does even if they are in different areas of the house. Carpet, by Fancisco Cumellas. The white pouf is from Filocolore.
Kitchen with office As it was open to the rest of the house, the Fondarius Architecture team designed the furniture with discrete fronts, which harmonized with the decoration of the dining room and living room. Made in white lacquered DM and with nails instead of handles, they were combined with a brown countertop. Countertop, from the firm Silestone. Oven with microwave function and coffee maker, from Miele.A functional kitchen with breakfast bar
The pillar that, for security reasons, could not be removed, was used as a support for a peninsula that houses the ceramic hob, a barbecue and a fast food bar. The office was organized on the other side of the pillar. Stools, by Superstudio. Bell, from Pando. In the dining room of the newspaper: table, of La Favorita, and metal grid chairs, of DBarcelona.Main bedroom
White dominates the bedroom and creates a relaxing atmosphere that encourages sleep. In the hallway, the circular carpets visually shorten the length of this passage area and mark the path to the bathroom. Bedding and cushions, from Filocolore. Lamp by Luzio. In the hall, carpets, of Ikea, and chair, of DBarcelona.Very warm bathroom
The bathroom is clad in warm tones. Carpets, from Ikea. Washbasin, from Roca.House plan and ideas
- In the living room, the false ceiling, in addition to housing the facilities, ends a few centimeters from the wall, a mini space enough to hide the boxes of the blinds and the curtain rails and blinds.
- The suppression of the partitions allows a fluid circulation throughout the house and conveys a sense of depth. In addition, no obstacle, whether real or visual, puts a brake on the passage of light entering from the terraces.
- The decoration, based on selected pieces and design, achieves clear environments with a sophisticated and chic air.