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Architects from the Anna & Eugeni Bach firm recently finished a very unique renovation of a Barcelona, Spain apartment. The renovation was done with the goal of maximizing the available space in the apartment, while playing to its already existing strengths.

The apartment measures a generous 70 sq m (753.4 sq ft). To achieve a more modern, open type of living space, the architects first tore down the many corridors that originally connected the apartment’s small rooms. The interior is now comprised of a kitchen, a dining area and living room, two bedrooms, and a bathroom.

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Since the apartment has high ceilings, the architects decided to utilize this vertical space. They did so by designing a small work area under the ceiling. The hanging desk they placed here is by far the most innovative feature of this remodel. Quite frankly, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like it before, but it’s a great idea. The desk hangs below the ceiling and is accessible via a ladder at the side of wooden unit that separates the kitchen from the rest of the apartment. They also raised one part of the bathroom to create a generous storage area.

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The rest of the apartment also features a number of other clever space-saving fixes, such as a series of small nooks, and a fold-down kitchen table. The bedrooms are small but functional, and they are separated from the main living area of the apartment in a way that offers sufficient privacy. The bathroom is spacious and features a large shower and sink. The walls of the apartment were painted white to add to the feeling of spaciousness, though they left the wooden support beams on the ceiling bare, which adds a nice rustic aesthetic to the space.

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This renovation is another great example of how easy it is to turn the old into something modern and new. The renovation was completed in 2015.

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