Colombo and Serboli Architecture has made room for colourful storage units and a pink bathroom by opening up the plan of this apartment in Barcelona's historic El Born neighbourhood.
Apartment in Born is set within a residential building that dates back to the 13th-century. It's owner, a young Italian women who works in the fashion industry, approached Colombo and Serboli Architecture to redesign her home to incorporate extra storage and a new guest bathroom.
The 65-square-metre property formerly had a dark, compartmentalised layout – two bedrooms that occupied the apartment's street-facing side and one bedroom that sat near its entrance were preventing light from reaching the central communal areas.
The local practice, which goes by the name CaSA for short, decided to completely rearrange the apartment, demolishing all of the existing partition walls to draw attention to the four-metre-high ceilings and large balcony windows.
To offer some separation between the home's entranceway and the main living area, the architects created a full-height storage unit where the client can keep her clothes and other belongings. The navy blue cabinetry features a contrasting pink display niche and doorway.
The adjacent living and dining area is dominated by a coral-coloured arched volume that conceals the guest toilet – inside, the room has been completed with blush-toned tiles and a circular mirror.