Let the Light in: 7 Rejuvenating Apartment Renovations in Barcelona

Barcelona is lauded for its vibrant, creative approach to urbanism and as a result, often acts as a city-building model around the world. In many instances, the city is discussed as not only being functional, but also as one that holistically considers the citizen as a stakeholder in its planning processes. In some neighborhoods, streets are tightly packed, where shops, markets and services are all easily within walking distance. By existing on the human scale, these neighborhoods become liveable and approachable. In others, wide boulevards are a cornerstone to creating urban breathability and urban life. Like many bustling urban places, individuals are flocking towards the city in search of residential space. While this collection does not exhibit just any average lot among the city’s housing market, the following seven projects are all examples of spaces that are discovering and engineering urban solutions. By challenging the idea of having subdivided rooms in a home — each with a rigidly defined and separate function — they create permeability, movement and ventilation in the heart of Barcelona. In several cases, the renovations are explicitly concerned with discovering light in previously dark and narrow spaces. As a consequence, these projects create healthy, psychologically sound ...
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