Tyche Apartment, Barcelona

Located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, this Spanish Sanctuary has been renovated to retrieve its Art Nouveau essence while adding new components that enhance the existing features.

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Prior to renovation, the apartment was densely separated in to small rooms by diagonal walls, creating a nonfunctional space. Architects at CaSA and Margherita Serboli were briefed to recreate the apartment in to a contemporary family holiday home while maintaining some of its original detailing. While features such as the wooden window frames and Catalan vaults have been rescued, other areas have been completely revamped.

One of the most characteristic elements of Art Nouveau apartments in Barcelona are the floors. Together the client and architects chose a hydraulic tile to become the main feature of the home. Extending from the entrance in to the living room, the concrete tiles create an irregular carpet effect unifying different areas of the home. This ‘carpet’ is framed with a satin-finished surface which not only brings light in to the center of the floor plan but is also a high resistant and low maintenance material, not only practical but also modern.

Hexagonally shaped and painted in pastel tones, the flooring creates a contemporary, Mediterranean atmosphere. In the rest of the apartment, white, simple shapes and forms prevail, further highlighting the floor. The exterior green colour of the windows enters the spacr through the window shades becoming a further element of colour in the interior.

The client’s choice of furniture create a mix of contemporary and "lived-in" feeling. Larger paintings by Piero Serboli dominate the living space and the suite, offering a Mediterranean and colourful imagery.

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Recreate this look with Popham Design hand painted, concrete tiles.


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