Type: Design & Interior Architecture
Size: 48 m2
Location: Barcelona City, Spain
Design & Architecture: Studio P10 & Miel Arquitectos
Parlament29 is our investigation into the contrasts of 21st century urban living, a cocoon of peace and tranquility in the heart of a bustling city.
The Objectives: Deconstructing the rigid barriers of the 1890 Eixample layout. The North facing apartment is designed to funnel the light reflecting from the opposite buildings and courtyard.
With the utilisation of the 48sqm2 space being the key aim, individual zones create a flexible response to the residential needs – Work, Rest, Play, Fuel & Hygiene.
The Premise: Our strategy lay in connecting a happening of personal and social use inside a double skin. A nest of peacefulness positioned at the center of the space, acting as a diagonal channel, infusing the light to penetrate deeper into the eating – living – working area, continuing through to the kitchen area and finally the bathroom.
In this way the bedroom, normally underused during the day, turns into a passage of light and ventilation, and it’s form provides a sitting bench or perhaps an improvised stage for those nights where time seems to stand still.
Pushing the boundaries of the norm and testing little distortions, we continued our investigation into everyday living and inhabitation. The nest is wrapped with oak and privatised with curtains and a sliding door. It sits in a position of privileged isolation, levitating between a retractable hidden guest bed and the air-conditioning units.
A door (which doubles as a blackboard) and a curtain test the ambivalent relationship between the kitchen and bathroom, with the sink situated in exile between the two. The bathroom’s black tiles praise the shadows, and their clean lines contrast with the up-lit imperfections of the 19th century exposed brick.
Parlament29 is our historical journey. By stripping back the layers of time, the birth of the Eixample and all the entwined lives and stories, contrast with the nomadic flexible existence of the 21st century. Perhaps in 100 years designers and architects will be revealing our small contribution. We hope so!