Spain-based archtectural studio CaSA Colombo and Serboli Architecture designed the Tyche Apartment, a contemporary apartment with cheerful colors located in Barcelona, Spain.
“The client’s will to retrieve the art nouveau essence has led the project to the restoration of original features while adding new components that could sustain the same language without betraying his own contemporaneity. For this purpose some of the original features have been rescued, like the original windows woodwork, or the Catalan vaults, previously hidden behind a false ceiling that now expose their original terracotta finish, typical of the building’s period.” – CaSA Colombo and Serboli Architecture
“For the same reason it was decided to intervene reinterpreting one of the most characteristic elements of art nouveau apartments in Barcelona: the floors (which in this case had been previously replaced by a synthetic parquet). The hydraulic tile represents a typical element of this kind of early twentieth century dwelling; It was the customer’s wish to reintroduce them in this project. The architects have expressly designed a hydraulic tile, using a current format as the hexagonal and contemporary colours.” – CaSA Colombo and Serboli Architecture
“The neutral coloured tiles traditionally used as a frame to hydraulic tiles have been replaced here by an off-white solid continuous floor, forming the edge to an irregular carpet of colourful geometrical shapes that lead from the entrance to the hall, unifying environments.
In the rest of the apartment, the seamless flooring changes from being a white frame to a continuous satin-finished surface that brings light into the centre of the floor plan.
The choice of this floor responded to clients’ requests for a high resistance, low maintenance material.” – CaSA Colombo and Serboli Architecture