An apartment designed for rental has the potential to be left lackluster. However, the owner of this bright and breezy space in Barcelona has managed to create a rentable paradise perfect for minimalist living. Welcome to La Carmina.
One of the most fascinating features of this apartment is the implementation of two boxes set within the space. The two boxes contain the tiled areas of the home (the bathrooms and a kitchen) and serve as its structural skeleton.
In the living room you can see that there is a wall which isn’t fully attached to the ceiling or edges. Also check out the large sliding door in the center – it seems to blend in to the walls! From this vantage point, you can really appreciate how the space has been carefully balanced when defining the areas of the room
The doors here lead either to the kitchen or the bathroom. We especially love how the tiles switch over to adapt to the different spaces! The floor moves from the solid bold hexagonal geometric tiles, to neater square mosaics.
The kitchen can be accessed from near the front entrance of the house as well as along this hallway. It’s a very easily accessible and open space for cooking your favorite dishes.
The countertop is cut out, giving a jigsaw puzzle style step shape in the wall, eschewing the dense boxy shape of a kitchen. Also take in the rounded ceiling, and multilevel dimensions of the countertop. Though still embracing the philosophy of minimalist living, they’ve managed to cook up a feast for the eyes with this small kitchen.
Look at how the light streams in from the courtyard!
The designers have used many different textures and patterns throughout the apartment. For instance, in the hallway there’s a mix of tiles, bare brick walls and wood for the cabinetry. These really come together nicely, giving you a feel for the home’s pleasant energy and minimalist living.
From this angle you can also see the way the kitchen and bathroom are contained together in the larger context of the room. Rather than building walls that reach up to the vault ceiling, the bathroom is instead contained within its own box.
There is plenty of space for living room furniture and a dining table. All of these are ready for renters to move around the room to suit them.
The bedroom is concealed behind sliding doors. Like the living room, it is street facing, with bright windows to let in the light and thick doors to shut out sound.
The master bathroom suite is also contained within this large space. Essentially, it’s a freestanding box that organizes the apartment. The architects say that “the skeleton of the apartment is undressed and exposed to become a powerful setting that embraces the new pieces.” They’ve indeed exposed the room to the brick walls. This box in the middle surprisingly makes the room feel larger and exudes a powerful dynamic.
There is also space at the back of the bedroom for a dressing room. It’s divided up by this sink area next to the bathroom unit.
Mirrors reflect the strong textural qualities of the brick wall. The bathroom cube is set at a lower height than the rest of the room, allowing you to see the gorgeous curves of the ceiling. Circular sinks are inset into a marble countertop.
The rest of the house is decorated quite simply, in keeping with that minimalist living vibe. However, the overall feel for the home embraces some quirky features that give the space plenty of character. Indeed, between the boxes, the bricks and the blend of shapes, this is an inviting apartment with enough personality of its own to be a great roommate.