minimalist small apartment inspiration: alan apartment

alan apartment located in Comte Borrell, Barcelona was a decayed small apartment with an area of 700 sq ft (65sqm). the existing house condition was dark and rooms were immoderately subdivided. designer Adrian Elizalde has converted them into open spaces to maximize the use of natural light. each opening room has indicated by different details of design to separate its individuality, but create a strong interaction environment.


the patio was very narrow, therefore the apartment was barely illuminated by natural light.




the only wall partition that extant to give some privacy. the big opening was created in between the existing load-bearing wall to improve the light and spatial flow.


the tradition ceiling moldings were restored from its previous condition. yet metallic beam as new element was implemented to create timeless atmosphere. they are both painted in white to achieve minimalist, but most importantly is to ensure light condition were improved.


the natural oak wooden flooring produces warmth and harmonize with the simplicity of the space. the hanging light plays a part to elevate the atmosphere as well.


pattern floor tiles were to indicate the kitchen area, but yet the kitchen cabinet was extended “out of the box” to make it more captivating. and it is a trick to make kitchen looks spacious.

minimalist interior was illuminated by the full length of the light track while it only holds two lights.

the full height door opening is wide enough to built a storage cabinet. and it universalizes to the sliding door with window attached above, so that natural light could fill in. #ideaforsmallapartment


access handle enhances the simplicity.

the access shelves was merged with the storage divider to create a visual spacious effect.


original layout


new layout by adrianelizalde


photo via: world-architects


project// alan apartment

location// Barcelona, Spain

surface area// 65 sqm (700 sqft)

architect// adrianelizalde



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