Located in the El Born neighborhood of Barcelona, design studio Nada has refurbished the ‘Picasso’ apartment for a young professional couple. Situated within a residential building dating back to the 1970s, the existing residence overlooks the Parc de la Ciutadella, the greatest green area in the city center.
The recently completed project sees the reimagining of the original 754 ft2 (70 m2) space to create a contemporary and light-filled home. The brief from the clients sought to transform the existing compartmentalized apartment into a more fluid and open plan. Working around their tight budget, the design team at Nada proposed an open kitchen and living space, a master bedroom and dressing area, and a second room connected to the living room. By applying a contemporary style with simple and coherent materials, the result is a thoughtful, connected space where different elements perfectly interact with each other.
The plan of the Picasso apartment centers around a white cube. Built within the living space, the different functions of the house intend to radiate from this element. The structure contains a niche on the living room side, the dressing area, as well as bookshelves and storage space. Inside the white cube, a second room, which is almost hidden, connects with the living room and provides a space for a variety of uses.
With the aim to enhance the flow of light and minimize any obstacle, simple materials and a muted color palette characterize the Picasso apartment. White is predominant in all the vertical elements, in contrast to the continuous green paving that permeates all the spaces of the house. Green is selected as a reminder of the tree branches behind the delicate curtains that diffuse the outdoor light. Sandy tone ceramics both in kitchen and bathroom emerge as a common theme in the rest of the apartment, alluding to the Mediterranean character of Barcelona.