Once the centre of Barcelona’s industrial revolution, Poblenou has emerged as one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods attracting start-ups, designers and hipsters in equal measure. While most of the area’s factories and warehouses have been converted into tech offices and design showrooms, local architecture and interior design studio Allaround Lab have turned this compact industrial space into a bright and airy two-bedroom residence by applying their signature style of crisp minimalism and integrated functionality.
Stripped down to its core, the space has been thoroughly renovated including the addition of a mezzanine level housing two bedrooms and a common bathroom. Having to contend with a narrow footprint and relatively few windows, the designers combined a monochrome palette of white and light grey hues with an open-plan living area in order to increase the flow of natural light and sense of spaciousness. On the lower level, a double-height living room further enhances daylight distribution while the diagonal layout of the mezzanine level allows multiple views across the rooms. A paradigm of minimalist interior design, white painted brickwork, exposed concrete pillars and a lightweight metal staircase subtly attest to the property’s industrial past, while the precast concrete ceiling coffer units echo the design of traditional Catalan vaults.
Meticulously designed down to the smallest detail, the sparsely furnished spaces nevertheless provide all the amenities of modern living with custom-made furnishings cleverly combining multiple functionalities. Case in point, the built-in sofa which features integral shelving for books and objects, the kitchen island which doubles as a dining table, and the kitchen’s main storage unit which also functions as a partition shielding the living room from the street-facing windows in addition t providing additional workspace.