Rotunda Library Apartment Design
The renovation of a private apartment in Barcelona, Spain by Victor Gnozalez Marti of TC-Interiors required demolishing all of the interior walls to allow as much natural light as possible to flood the space. This included stripping the exterior walls back to their original 1938 historic structural fabric and then layering in the modern conveniences over top. The 1938 structure is a meaningful one as it was in that year that the building was bombarded during the Spanish civil war. By removing all the overlaid plaster that had been added in since then, history was uncovered and reconstructed. This process exposed the original brick walls and they where kept as a design feature by placing all the electric installations overtop. This rebirth of an era gone by that was juxtaposed into a modern lifestyle was part of the client brief that also required a united and open plan with natural daylight.
The library is located in the centre of the floor plan and is one of the few areas that is wrapped in white. The walls of white shelving wrap the area in a geometric envelope of books and steps. I love the way the stairs are staggered around the perimeter with open shelving beneath, making this space an awesome place to explore for both adult and child. As an additional fun detail, the wall of books is broken up by an jagged top frame. This multi-angled framework adds in a sense of movement to an otherwise rigid arrangement of shelving.