CaSA renovates Rocha Apartment
with an assortment of tiles

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Terracotta tiles on the balcony continue inside this Barcelona holiday apartment renovated by Colombo and Serboli Architecture (+ slideshow).

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Rocha Apartment is situated in the 1960s sixth-floor extension of an Art Nouveau building between Plaça de Catalunya and Plaça de la Universitat, in the centre of the Catalan capital.



Colombo and Serboli Architecture (CaSA) completely rearranged the interior of the 170 square metre space to accommodate four bedrooms.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

"The brief was to transform this neglected, very badly distributed apartment into an attractive holiday home," said the architects.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

"In order to meet the brief, spaces had to be re-thought completely and all existing partitions had to be demolished."

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Working to a tight budget, the architects split the apartment into two sections and kept the material palette simple.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

An open-plan living and kitchen area is connected to the bedrooms and bathrooms via a teal-coloured corridor.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Elements built from white tubes visually link the spaces, forming supports for tables, screens, storage spaces and door handles throughout the different rooms.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

The kitchen space is separated from the rest of the living area by an island, with white tiles lining the wall behind the units.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

A bar table extends through an arced window onto a small terrace, which is accessed through a door to the side.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

The timber pergola and terracotta floor tiles on the balcony continue through an adjacent opening, over a window seat and onto a raised platform with cushions on plinths around the edge.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

"We used the typical rasilla terracotta tiles to clad the floor as well as the new masonry seats folding all around the relaxation area," said the architects.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

A wooden door that pivots off-centre provides access to the sleeping quarters from the living area.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Light grey micro-cement covers the floor across the rest of the apartment, softened with floor-to-ceiling curtains in the simple white bedrooms.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Three bedrooms have ensuite facilities, with a further washroom for communal use. Each bathroom is lined with ceramic tiles in different bright colours.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Tiles are commonly found across surfaces in Barcelona apartments and have been reused in a series of renovation projects around the city - see a slideshow of examples.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture

Photography is by Roberto Ruíz.

Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture
Diagram – click for larger image
Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture
Perspective – click for larger image
Rocha Apartment by Colombo and Serboli Architecture
Floor plan – click for larger image
  • Laurent Du Champs

    This is a great project. A great place, but needed the sight of two great creators to see through the existing situation.

    A tight budget and simple but amazing solutions. The second great apartment refurbishment from CaSA! Can’t wait to see the next work! And as an architect myself, you guys are inspirational. WELL DONE!

    • CaSA

      It’s the third, counting the one in Brussels :) Soon there will be another one, a penthouse overlooking wonderful Paseo de Gracia. Wait and see.

  • Felix Tannenbaum

    Delightful and humane!