Loft

2021

Loft in Poblenou, Barcelona. This reform stems from the need to spatially reorganize the volume of the house. The original project lacked optimization in terms of its height of more than four meters, it did not have a hierarchy in space and storage was not resolved.

The owner couple had lived in the loft for almost a decade and in recent years, since they had become parents, they needed to expand their home in terms of the number of rooms with defined uses. In recent times they worked punctually from home. Given the impossibility of increasing the floor area, we decided to work from the section, proposing a mezzanine area as a large children's bunk bed.

The new project has been reorganized through three interventions: the change of position of the bathroom, the placement of a wooden loft in the bedroom area and the provision of a large central closet. In this way, different functions are organized on one of the two sides of the volume whose height has been divided into two, so that four rooms are generated that are similar in size and interchangeable with each other.

 

The central volume contains the stairs that go up to the loft, the kitchen columns, a storage closet for coats, shoes and a cleaning department. On the side facing the bedrooms, there is access to the storage of clothes and accessories linked to the study.  The organization of all the utensils and small household items has been resolved by arranging secondary cabinets, attached to the walls of its envelope.

On the other hand, the mezzanine allows a certain disorder on a higher plane that is out of sight on a day-to-day basis, such as the toys or the children's bed. In this way, order and mobility are facilitated on the main floor of greater common use. It has been shown that promoting order in family homes contributes to a better coexistence in the environment and favors hygiene and rest.

 

The materiality of the project has also been studied from the beginning, exploring two mood boards with a different color palette but with a common denominator of naturalness, looking for breathable, hygroscopic and little processed solutions, in order to favor the cleaning of the interior air. Finally, the solution of materials has been decided during the construction process, to value them with the natural light of the space. Special interest has been placed on touch and the sensations generated by each material, in order to allow a haptic perception and that the final decision does not depend only on sight.