The SHOEBOX by Barbara Appolloni Arquitecta

All the beautiful view in sight

Project Specs


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Appreciation towards Ennead Architects for providing the following description:


The SHOEBOX contains a house with all the comforts for a single person or a couple in the space of an old garage, where you live with a panoramic view of the city of Barcelona and the natural environment.  In a narrow lot of 3.60 m x10 m of the Montjuic mountain, the original construction, which could not be replaced by a completely new one, has been reinforced with more than 200 tons of concrete poured on site, shaping a structure that solves the challenges that presents the project.

▼享有巴塞罗那绝佳景致的住宅空间,residential space with great views of Barcelona © Christopher Stark


At one end of the house, you live with the view of the city. In the other, everyday life is protected by an inner courtyard that creates a void full of light and vegetation. In the center, a steep concrete staircase connects the two floors where private life takes place and the upper terrace. The house is in constant dialogue with the outside and the boundaries between inside and outside are blurred. Conceived from the inside outwards, it suggests the idea of a housing-viewpoint that opens to embrace nature and sight. Glass openings lack frames and railings that recall the thin line that separates housing and nature.

▼坐拥城市美景的客厅,living area with city view © Christopher Stark

glass floor-to-ceiling windows act as the boundary between the courtyard and the interior © Christopher Stark

a concrete staircase that connects the two-story living space to the roof terrace © Christopher Stark


The design reaches the furniture and the rest of the interior elements, relating them to the aesthetics and shapes of the set. The careful selection of materials offers a palette where concrete is combined with wood, steel, Carrara marble and glass creating a vital and welcoming space for its inhabitants, not without grace and sophistication. In the SHOEBOX WITH A VIEW, the inhabitants are active spectators of the changing seasons, the surrounding vegetation and the urban environment. The unavoidable passage of time contemplated from a view of intimate perspectives.

▼起居空间,living area © Christopher Stark

▼餐厅,dining area © Christopher Stark

▼与卧室相连的浴室,bath room © Christopher Stark

▼楼梯细部,staircase details © Christopher Stark

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