Summer Escape: The Perfect Holiday Apartment in Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

It’s August and people are on holiday all around the world. Unless you’re like me, working in the U.S., and the idea of holiday is a foreign concept and you can only dream of getting away for a month. To be specific, I’ve been dreaming of this holiday apartment in Barcelona which was rebbed by CaSA, an architecture firm run by Matteo Colombo and Andrea Serboli.

The brief was to transform this neglected, very badly distributed apartment into an attractive holiday home. The property is located in an extremely central street, right between Plaza Catalunya y Plaza Universitat, on the sixth floor of an art nouveau building. Nonetheless, this last floor was built in the ’60 and lacked of the charm of the rest of the building. In order to meet the brief, spaces had to be re-thought completely and all existing partition had to be demolished. The budget was tight and clever solutions were required to complete the needs providing an attractive, contemporary holiday atmosphere.

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

The biggest success of the space to me is the relationship between inside and outside. The terrace originally had been extremely closed off. The architects came and opened it up with a number of interseting window spaces that allow the air to circulate through the space. They’ve also brought the wood elements from the outside into an indoor relaxing area.

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Overall the space is neutral until you reach the hallway, which is a wonderfully rich shade of blue. The hallway leads to three bedrooms which are quite similar, the main difference between them are their brightly colored, tiled bathrooms. The contrast between punches of color and neutrailty is quite nice and lends to a tranquil environement.

View more images and behind the scenes information about the project by clicking here.

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

Colombo and Serboli Architecture - Rocha Apartment, Barcelona

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