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December 1, 2020
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Providencia House, a rooftop Barcelona apartment, was renovated by AMOO Architects to create an open-plan interior design utilising space-saving furniture for maximum floor space.

Located in the Gracia neighbourhood of Barcelona, this house sits on top of a building that was built in 1959.

Why Providencia House? In order to create a space-saving interior design that’s filled with multi-purpose furniture

The home was struggling with poor lighting and restrictive movement throughout the rooms. Therefore, AMOO was commissioned to open-up the home and transform the space into an open-plan, bright apartment.

Providencia House - view of home office
Providencia House is a rooftop Barcelona apartment renovated by AMOO Architects – © José Hevia

The minds behind Providencia House – AMOO, Aureli Mora and Omar Ornaque

AMOO Architecture Studio is the collaboration between Architects Aureli Mora and Omar Ornaque. Their work encompasses architecture, product design, and graphic design – using all their skills to offer a package service. In their projects, it’s evident that they like to consider every aspect of the design as a whole. Their work links traditional techniques with the idea of spontaneity and invention, to create a contemporary design.

AMOO often collaborates with other designers including Oriol Gelabert, Ines Martinel, Ainhoa Mur, Ma Jesus Quintero, and Albert Renau. 

Curious to find out more about beautiful open-plan interiors? Don’t miss The refined minimalism of Apartment DL in São Paulo.

Providencia House - home office
AMOO Architects created an open-plan interior design utilizing space-saving furniture for maximum floor space – © José Hevia

Materials & Techniques – Custom-made furniture

Providencia House, enveloped in an unusual, continuous 1.65cm high façade and sloping roof, proposed a challenge to the architects. Custom-made furniture needed to be created which adapted to the unique spaces and angles that the home possessed. Sofa beds turn into desks at this home, and beds turn into bathtubs! The whole home is designed for fluid use.

At the start of the project, the architects decided to remove all the walls that weren’t load-bearing, in order to create a large common area that enables the homeowners to move around without any constraints.

The South East façade of the building is the longest façade. To improve the insulation of this façade, the architects installed a cladded shelf that runs from one side to the other. This frames all the windows and integrates them into the interior design.

Providencia House - custom furniture details
For the Providencia House, AMOO was commissioned to open-up the home and transform the space into an open-plan, bright apartment – © José Hevia

Style & Aesthetics – Bright and contemporary 

The interior design is a contemporary blend of pine, glass, and white walls. The bright and airy interior is complemented by the open-plan design that allows light to travel freely around the space. 

Marble was used in several places within Providencia House including white marble in the bathroom and terracotta toned marble in the living room surrounding a supporting pillar.

The interior is full of “space-saving” design to maximise the floor space and allow the homeowners to feel a sense of openness. Pink and green pastel colours were used in the bedroom, living room, and kitchen on the cabinetry to break up the white interior.

Providencia House - view from the bedroom

Combining white contemporary interiors with bursts of colour

AMOO are known for their use of pop colours within their seemingly clean-white architectural designs. Their use colour to add a burst of interest within white modern spaces. For Providencia House, they used pink and green to add warmth to the interior.

Providencia House - pastel color interiors
Pink and green pastel colors were used in the bedroom, living room, and kitchen on the cabinetry to break up the white interior – © José Hevia

Design memento – Multi-purpose furniture

One of the most beautiful aspects of this design is the multi-purpose furniture that works to keep the open-plan idea that the architects initially wanted for this home. Wardrobes, beds, desks, and storage are combined in a unique way to optimise space.

The writer’s comment – From boxy to bright

I think that the architects achieved an incredible interior that previously appeared quite boxy and restrictive. By removing several internal walls, they achieved a design that allowed natural light to penetrate all corners of the home.

The custom-made furniture was a necessary touch to ensure that the home was given a spacious feel. This is an excellent concept that was executed to a very high standard.

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Providencia House - open space
Custom-made furniture needed to be created which adapted to the unique spaces and angles that the home possessed – © José Hevia