One of the biggest challenges when designing a small home is how to separate the space into different uses without making it feel constricted or cramped. In the case of this 431-square-foot Barcelona apartment, the designers at Egue y Seta rose to the occasion, separating the home into public and private zones with a glass-trimmed wall that hardly feels like a wall at all.
The process of remodeling this little apartment included tearing down all of the existing interior walls, and re-imagining the apartment as just three spaces: a combination kitchen/dining/living room, a bedroom, and a bathroom. The biggest interior wall, the one that separates the kitchen and bedroom, is formed by a wall of cabinetry, surrounded by glass. The glass allows natural light to flow through the space and extends sight lines through the whole apartment, creating a feeling of spaciousness. The glass wall is echoed in the glass doors that open the living room up to the unit's two balconies.
In the bedroom, on the reverse side of the cabinetry wall is a built-in wardrobe, topped by plants that enhance privacy and add a bit of a natural touch. The patterned cement tile from the kitchen extends into the bedroom, as does the kitchen counter, which in the bedroom becomes a shelf that incorporates two built-in nightstands, for a clean, streamlined look. Besides the bed, the white dresser is the only piece of freestanding furniture in the bedroom.
The consistent palette of blue, black and white gives the apartment a cohesive and calming feel, and the blue wall which wraps the entryway and then the bathroom helps to draw the eye through the space. A tiny window between the bedroom and bathroom lets natural light into the shower (although you can close the blinds for privacy, if you like). It's a charming apartment that has all the style, and all the spaciousness, of a much larger home, proof that, with a little ingenuity, even a little space can live large.