Nook Architects completes fourth renovation
in Barcelona apartment building

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Barcelona studio Nook Architects has revamped a fourth apartment in one building in the city's Gothic quarter using leftover materials from the previous three projects (+ slideshow).

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

Having already designed the interiors for the Casa Roc, Twin House and Roc3 flats, Nook Architects utilised the extra space in the G-ROC apartment to create a mezzanine sleeping platform.



"Differently from the other three interventions, we had extra height and a gallery space we wanted to include in the project," the architects told Dezeen.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

They used leftover tiles and kitchen unit fronts from the previous projects to complete the design, which now features blue walls and yellow-stained wood surfaces.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

The original position of the bathroom was kept, but the rest of the interior was rearranged and split into three areas as part of the renovation.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

The entrance opens onto the kitchen and dining area, which features a patchwork of hexagonal floor tiles in blue and shades of grey.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

The tiles are placed along the kitchen units, while the rest of the floor is polished concrete.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

Wood stained bright yellow with a melamine resin is used on the opposite wall and also forms the dining table top.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

The eating area is separated from the adjacent living and sleeping space by two sections of wall, painted a light blue colour to match some of the floor tiles.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

Yellow wood panels continue into this room, which is minimally furnished with seats and tables.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

The bed is located on a raised platform formed from more yellow wood.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

This is accessed by a ladder with black metal sides, one of which is bent 90 degrees at the top to create a low railing with strip lighting underneath.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

Beneath the mezzanine is storage space for clothes that can be concealed with a curtain.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

More of the hexagonal tiles cover the floor of the bathroom, where the toilet is concealed behind a frosted glass door.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

Full-height windows from the bathroom open out onto a small balcony.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects

Photography is by Nieve.

G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects
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G-Roc Apartments by Nook Architects
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  • arch. is not a daily news !

    I do at least five per year of this kind of apartment renovations – both project and construction/decoration with both my companies – but I don’t publish this and I don’t call this architecture!

    • The Starchitect

      Wow! You’re so important! Who are you to judge what is and isn’t “architecture”?

      I actually think this is great architecture. It is problem solving which has lead to the considered and intelligent use of (a very small) space. The material palette is interesting and not the usual bland white minimalist stuff, which usually populates these pages.

      Perhaps you haven’t published your work because it’s not of the same standard as this project. Rather than belittling others’ work, why don’t you show us some of yours so we can judge for ourselves?

    • gcrbcn

      Dezeen: Architecture, INTERIOR, design, and technology – so I think you would be more than welcome to publish those 5-per-year renovations.

      In any case, the editors have placed this project under interiors, not architecture, and I don´t see why this renovation would not fall under architecture when structural reinforcements are involved.

    • Pretendgineer

      Are you the arbiter of what is and isn’t architecture?

  • Mariano

    Where is the fridge?

    • Findmeasmallspace

      I assume that, as in previous renovations on the same building, they put in an under-the-counter refrigerator and freezer. It helps make the kitchen seem like a piece of furniture inside the living room, a great idea for such a small space!