It is easy to fall in love with this modern industrial Barcelona home where space has been carefully reimagined to create a flowing interior. Much of the original building and its industrial elements were left intact as the exposed brick walls metallic framework and exposed wooden beams mingle with polished contemporary finishes.
Both acoustically and visually this common courtyard leading to the living area kitchen and dining is carefully hidden from the boisterous world that surrounds it. Adding to this is the cedar cladding that filters out any remaining sounds to offer an inviting modern and quiet living environment filled with tranquility.
The smart array of reimagined and invigorated old industrial buildings in cities like New York London and Vancouver are a big part of the reason why modern industrial has become one of the hottest decorating styles in the last few years.
The changeover from the old to the new is stark and yet seamless with the stone walls slowly giving way to large glass walls and a timber structure. The preserved and enhanced original stone walls seem to transport you back in time even as the refurbished interior in white ushers in modern comfort and aesthetics.
The 720-sqaure-foot apartment boasts of 10-foot high ceilings giving it a cheerful and spacious visual appeal. This is enhanced by the use of a monochromatic white backdrop that cuts down on visual fragmentation. Internal partitions are kept to a bare minimum with even the bedroom feeling like an extension of the large living area. A small kitchen in the corner bathroom dinning space and foyer complete this altered Vancouver home.
As is the case with most heritage homes it is the rear addition that comes to the rescue here extending the living area even while leaving the two bedrooms at the front of the house largely untouched.
The entrance to the living area is through the fabulous roof garden and the central courtyard that sits 6 feet below ground. As you descend into this secure space street noises and the sound of trains hurrying in the distance slowly starts to disappear.