Name: The Apartment
Designer: Nook Architects
Location: Barcelona, Spain
The Apartment is a minimalist house located in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Nook Architects. The “apartment” was the conclusion of studying several distribution schemes created by jigsaw-puzzles composed of several squares that corresponded to the minimum surface areas and widths required on the city’s building code. The architects divided the dwelling into two different, parallel spaces, coinciding with the offset created by the elevator shaft. It was clear from the beginning that the living room would be located on the widest space and bedroom on the narrower one.
The wider section (3m [10ft]) accommodates the kitchen, dinning room, and living room, making the most of its longer length. They located a row of ceiling height cabinets that integrate the large appliances, electric and water-heating installations, a cleaning closet, and a wardrobe closet next to the entry for coats. This also helps to isolate the home from the noises of the communal corridor and stairs. The narrower section (2.60m [8.5ft]) accommodates the bathroom and bedroom. Once again, the cabinets that are used as closets help to isolate the bedroom from the bathroom.