Custom furniture creates a unique life experience

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The house is located on the top floor of a building built in 1959 in the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona. The building has 2 doors per landing, although both the attic floor and the top floor have only 1 door. The structure of the house is made of load-bearing walls. The rectangle that shapes the floor is divided by the elevator and staircase core, as well as by a load-bearing wall. The common area faces the SW façade, while the room area faces the SE façade. The total area is 60.46 m².

▼项目概览 © José Hevia
overall of the project


From the beginning, the project plans to reverse the distribution of the house’s uses. All the partitions are demolished, and given the refusal of the Community of Owners, any structural intervention is avoided, unlike the initial proposals approved by the City Council. The proposal is clear according to the client’s demands: a large room with a fully open bathroom and dressing room and a large common area to work and welcome guests without any constraints.

▼轴测分析图 © AMOO
axonometric drawing of the project


In parallel, the SE façade – the longest one –, is solved with a cladded shelf to increase the insulation of the façade and, running from side to side, it collects and singles out all the windows (originally of little importance), resulting in a homogenizing element. As a last detail, a pink marble Ionic pilaster on the head of the load-bearing wall that was not allowed to be demolished, symbolically reinforces it, underpinning the general calmness of the Community.

▼公寓东南立面上设置了置物架,标志性的粉红色大理石壁柱被加固 © José Hevia
SE façade solved with a cladded shelf & pink marble Ionic pilaster symbolically reinforced

▼主入口右侧的玄关 © José Hevia
The porch to the right of the main entrance


The unusual envelope of the building, with a continuous 1.65m high façade and an accompanying sloping skirt (reflection of the roof), together with the access core and the load-bearing wall, leads to solve the program through custom-made furniture that adapts spaces in an ambivalent and even ambiguous way. Sofas that are beds turn into desks.

▼由厨房看客厅 © José Hevia
viewing the living room at the kitchen

▼定制的异型沙发可以当做床来使用,沙发的后部还连接着一张书桌 © José Hevia
Sofas that are beds turn into desks

▼由书桌看餐厅 © José Hevia
viewing the dining area behind the desk

▼书桌左侧为室内唯一设置了门的礼宾浴室 © José Hevia
the only concierge bathroom with a door on the left of the desk

▼客厅定制家具细部,details of custom furniture in the living room  © José Hevia

▼厨房,kitchen © José Hevia


Beds that are wardrobes turn into bathtubs. And as a representation of this fluidity of uses, the apartment, beyond the obligatory access door, only has one door: that of the courtesy bathroom, for the guests’ convenience.

▼卧室里,床与衣柜之间的通道正好形成进入浴室的入口 © José Hevia
Beds that are wardrobes turn into bathtubs

▼浴室 ,bathroom © José Hevia

▼平面图,plan © AMOO

authors: AMOO | Aureli Mora + Omar Ornaque
location: c. Providència, Barcelona
beginning/end of the project: 2018/2019
beginning/end of the construction: 2019/2020
photographer: José Hevia
AMOO collaborators: Inès Martinel, Ainhoa Mur
client: private
area: 60,46 m²
budget: 84.647,00 €

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