An Italian family wanted their vacation home in Barcelona to be modern, but they also wanted to highlight the historical details of the apartment, which is housed in an art nouveau building in the city's Eixample district. Architects Andrea Serboli and Matteo Colombo of CaSA collaborated with architect Margherita Serboli on the project and the team's first priority was ditching the original layout, which was poorly oriented and wasted space. The architects organized the new plan around the apartment's three bearing walls, creating a trio of distinct areas: an open kitchen attached to a living and dining area, a pair of bedrooms, and the master suite.
The team also exposed the space's Catalan vaults, which had been concealed by drop ceilings, and restored the original woodwork on the windows. They installed colorful tiles in the living and dining areas as a nod to the traditional cement tiles found in buildings of the period. The palette includes bursts of of leafy green, sunny yellow, rosy pink, and plenty of crisp white. The end result is a relaxing yet fun home away from home.