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MAIO : 110 Rooms

Located in the historic Eixample district of Barcelona (Spain), a new residential building signed by the local agency MAIO celebrates the architecture so characteristic of this part of the city, bringing it up to date. A colorful realization adapted to the needs of its residents.

Almost all built on the same model, the housing complexes of the late nineteenthe century of the Eixample area consist of parts of the same dimension whose functions can be easily changed over time, without major architectural work. For example, a couple can transform their office into a child's room without having to change their apartment. A typology that inspired the agency MAIO for the construction of the residential building 110 Rooms, where 22 apartments of 5 rooms each are spread over five floors. All have a central closed kitchen, around which are organized the different spaces that can be used as a living room, bedroom or other.

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This arrangement was not the only reinterpretation of the Eixample! Indeed, the style chosen for the whole comes directly from the popular language of the district. A particularly marked tribute to the main facade, very traditional, whose geometric lime stucco motifs - a material widely used in Spain - energize the coating.

The ground floor, partially open to the outside, reinterprets the custom of installing furniture - seats or simple decorative elements - in the entrance halls of the region and also incorporates the materials usually used in these spaces. reception. Here, the furniture is transformed into oversized geometric volumes, decorated with marble or bright colors, in an area thought to be an extension of the street. A level zero leaving as well enter the Iberian sun as its rare raindrops.

A realization combining the traditional style of Eixample with the contemporaneity of its architects.

To learn more, visit the MAIO website

Photographs: Jose Hevia

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