In my first blog post, I want to talk about one of Barcelona’s most established and original architectural firms: Egue y Seta.
The Vivienda Sta. Caterina is one of their first projects but, for a series of reasons which I’m going to explain, it stuck in my mind over the years. The apartment is located in the heart of Barcelona, in the district of el Born, a popular neighborhood filled with historical buildings and monuments. In this part of the old town, many local as well as international emerging designers have placed their showrooms and shops, also because of the cozy atmosphere and trendy bars and restaurants.
It is in this charming setting that lies the Egue y Seta project. While respecting the original character of the structure – such as the use of cement tiles, a feature typical of the modernist architecture in Barcelona – the architects have managed to integrate innovative solutions without compromising the habitability of the spaces. On the other hand the kitchen, a space that was historically relegated to the remote and narrow areas of Barcelona’s flats, here finally finds its fundamental role as an aggregating center.
The result is an apartment where well-defined spaces, thanks to the adoption of light separations such as glass-bounded indoor gardens, see their boundaries blur, producing a feeling where the eye can flow freely through the different spaces and enjoy natural light, while respecting privacy.