This private apartment, Barcelona was designed by ARRCC to have an Afro-contemporary feel. The inspiration for this place is drawn from the culturally-vibrant Barcelona life and high-end fashion. The eclectic palette of rich, quality materials adds integrity and authenticity to the place. Raw wood is mixed with metals, suedes and high-gloss surfaces to create a sensory experience.
The apartment – which occupies an entire floor of the development – functions as both an urban retreat and family home, and boasts a large exterior terrace. The interior architecture and design responds to the desire for open, connected living whilst still maintaining the privacy of interior and exterior spaces from the neighbouring buildings. With stained oak woods, bespoke vertical brass screens, modern cladding and lacquered panelling; this is a homogeneous apartment.
It is a space which poses a minimalistic and modern ambience with masculine and feminine finishes throughout. Furnishing is an eclectic mix of carefully curated pieces combined with the personal artworks from the owners’ collection.
The feature timber ceiling, which runs down the rear of the dining table, allowed ARRCC to highlight one of the client’s important artworks which anchored the space and created a focal point in the length of the open-plan living room. In the main bedroom, faceted marble ledges live alongside feminine geometric wall lights.
The main bathroom is layered with beautiful marble slabs separated by integrated brass strips. The mirror is elegantly suspended in a similar brass material, which is bold as well as weightless. The bathroom has a spa-like effect with a timeless design. In the kitchen, the streamlined elements of textured wood and charcoal stone are in keeping with the apartment style. In the circulation spaces that surround, dark wood wraps onto the walls
contrasted with Venetian plastering on the opposite walls.
Further bespoke features include the contemporary take on an African fire element on a faceted ledge in the TV lounge, the playful carbon fibre organic dining table, OKHA vases and the jewel-like chain lights that add a feminine touch. A sensuous, organic timber sculpture curves like a snake to soften the crisp edges of the space.