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  7. Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G

Refurbishment in Architecture

presented by the MINI Clubman

Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G

  • 03:00 - 2 November, 2012
Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G
Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G, © José Hevia
© José Hevia

© José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia © José Hevia + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Barcelona, España
  • Design Team

    Jonathan Arnabat, Jordi Ayala-Bril, Aitor Fuentes, Igor Urdampilleta
  • Area

    150.0 m2
  • Year

  • Photography

    © José Hevia, Cortesia de ARQUITECTURA-G
© José Hevia
© José Hevia

Text description provided by the architects. ARQUITECTURA-G was commissioned to transform a 150sqm groundfloor studio into an apartment. In the context of a low budget, the key decision was to act only  over the interior layout and the floor. The original walls of the house have remained intact so the intervention, basic but categorical, consists in the articulation of space by a set of vertical planes. The Project pursues the visual relation with the outside terrace, being light and vegetation constant across the oblique arrangement of the project’s elements.

© José Hevia
© José Hevia

This oblique arrangement strangles and widens space, creating spots of different kind. This new partitions don’t actually touch the original walls or reach the height of the ceiling, making clear the difference between the new and what already was there.

© José Hevia
© José Hevia

As for the choice of materials, there is a pronounced Mediterranean accent. Vertical surfaces are covered in shiny materials such as glazed ceramic tile or mirror, so the light coming from the outdoor terrace is multiplied. In addition to the reflection of light, we see the contrast between the pure geometry of the new partitions and wild vegetation in their reflections. The floor is finished with ceramic as well, but in this case with unglazed clay tiles, which brings a dose of warmth in contrast to vertical planes.

© José Hevia
© José Hevia
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Apartment in ‘el Putxet’ / ARQUITECTURA-G" 02 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884