Barcelona

Park Güell Apartment

A bookcase that is a stair

YEAR

2011

LOCATION

Barcelona, Spain

ARCHITECT

Co Govers and Joana Ramalhete

SIZE

140 m2

This 1970s duplex apartment had low ceilings, difficult triangular living spaces and an over-dominant staircase that stuck out into the middle of the living room.

The redesign by ZEST has introduced space and light. The original stairs were replaced by a beautiful element that doubles as wardrobe and bookcase. New finishes, bathrooms, kitchen, heating and cooling have made it a space that feels truly luxurious.

Technical Data

Name: Park Güell Apartment

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Client: Private

Surface area: 140 m²

Project design: 2011

Construction: 2011

Architects: Co Govers and Joana Ramalhete  (ZEST Architecture)

Contractor: –

Photography: Adrià Goula

Graphic documentation: ZEST Architecture

This 1970s duplex apartment had low ceilings, difficult triangular living spaces and an over-dominant staircase that stuck out into the middle of the living room. ZEST’s re-design introduces more space and light throughout as well as better storage. The original stairs wasted a lot of space. They offered hardly any storage and yet they deomated the room. Be changing the orientation and structure, we were able to find an elegant solution that holds books and hi-fi facing the living room, with a “secret” door that reveals a spacious wardrobe for coats and shoes behind the bookcase.

 

Finally, to increase the sensation of height and space, the entire structure appears to float just a few centimeters above the shiny floor of polished grey microcement. Further work concerned the re-design of the bathroom of the master bedroom, which was very small. By replacing the bath by a near-flush showerbase and by custom designing a long but narrow washbasin, the feeling of space was increased and the owners can now brush their teeth at the same time…