Let’s do some snooping and detective work, if you will. Exhibit A: a lovely, quirky 105 square meter apartment in Barcelona, designed by Miel Arquitectos. Exhibit B: lots of color and print accents popping up everywhere, offset against the white walls and neutral tone hardwood flooring. Exhibits C, D, E & into infinity: the spiral bookcase on the wall in the living room; the storage space under the stairs that lead up to the under-ceiling elevated leisure corner; the ‘dripping hanger’ in the hallway; loads of books piled up behind the king-sized bed; movie memorabilia, etc.. Verdict? Whoever inhabits this colorful cutie is inspiring, interesting, very well educated in contemporary design and intelligent enough to understand that life in a flat, as opposed to that in a mansion, is all about organizing, storing, using every inch of space intelligently and topping everything off with loads of personality.
The unusual floor plan of the apartment itself served as an initial source of inspiration for a home that’s somewhat left-of-the-middle. The rooms are not squares and/or rectangles lined along a straight hallway. The rooms are oftentimes triangular, as they succeed one another along a diagonal axis. The work undertaken by Barcelona-based duo Miel Arquitectos is actually a remodel of a typical 19th century Barcelona flat, at Sant Pere 47. In re-reading the space the home offered, the talented team managed to interpret it with a contemporary vision, all the while preserving its original assets. After renovation and redesign, the apartment was estimated at EUR1,275 / square meter, or a grand total of over EUR133.000. All photos taken by Nuria Vila.