Just because a building is old doesn’t mean it’s necessarily outdated or obsolete. Old structures have a lot of character and a history behind them which can’t be replaced by anything else. We love the idea of taking an old house and updating it but with respect for its past rather than a desire to start from scratch.
This apartment from Barcelona, Spain is situated in a building that dates back to 1936 yet it looks quite modern. That’s because in 2021 studio MZAM worked on the renovation of this entire place.
The strategy here was to keep all the architectural and design elements worth preserving and to integrate a bunch of the original elements into the new design. Features like the exposed brick walls or the ceiling are remnants of the past and they add a lot of charm to this place. To all of these pre-existing features the designers added a bunch of new features creating a mélange of styles.
They also reorganized the overall layout of the apartment, dividing into a day area and a night zone. At the same time, the division of these spaces was done through furniture and decorations rather than vertical dividers. The result is a more open and bright interior with a serene ambiance.