INSIDE has just drawn to a close, the international festival of interior design held every two years in Marina Bay Sands, Singapore.
We are fascinated by the world of interior design, so much so that we have a collection dedicated to it, LAGO Interior, and a project, LAGO Redesigner, which has the aim of building a community of professionals dedicated to creating new living spaces.
The winner of the INSIDE Festival ‘Best Interior Design of 2013′ was ‘Carrer Avinyó’, a flat remodelled by the David Kohn Architects firm in Barcelona. The flat is a holiday home belonging to two brothers originally from that city but now living in Hong Kong.
We liked the project because it unites the world of architecture with that of interior design, weaving a dialogue between interior and exterior, between the home and the city.
Located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the apartment is on the upper floor of a corner building with a triangular plan. Two characteristics that led the development of the interior design.
The internal transversal walls, which originally divided the spaces, were knocked down to create a large corner room that exalts the triangular plan. And the triangle itself is the shape that serves as the base module for the mosaic floors, designed in twenty-five variants by David Kohn and produced by Mosaici Martí, who were also the suppliers for Antonio Gaudí. For the concept of this project, the English architect was inspired by the triangular shape of nearby Plaça George Orwell, creating a dialogue between interior and exterior that pays homage to Barcelona.
The colours of the flooring pass gradually from red to green, each identifying the private rooms of the two residents. The colours converge and mix beneath the table placed in front of the large windows that open onto the street, which functions as the social focal point of the home.
The bedroom area is a little city within the house, a wooden tower inspired by a 1950s block of flats designed by the Spanish architect Josep Antoni Coderch nearby in the Barceloneta Quarter. The large wooden furnishings contain the bedrooms, which are connected to the bathrooms by black steel suspended shelving.
The chair of the Inside jury, designer Nigel Coates, explained that the decision to award the prize to Carrer Avinyó was based on the project’s magical quality and the way in which it stimulates curiosity.