How does one go about refurbishing a non-compliant, 540-square-foot apartment in Barcelona for under 10,000 euros? Can it be beautiful and eco-friendly? Fitted with modern, state-of-the-art appliances that limit the flat’s energy consumption to meet code?
10K House, a domestic renovation project designed by Barcelona-firm TAKK, manages to do a lot with very little. Working within the parameters of a rather intimate Barcelona flat on a tight budget, TAKK’s Mireia Luzárraga and Alejandro Muiño, in collaboration with Roger Monfort and Berta Ribaudí, successfully refurbished the private residence in 2022. What they created was both a beautiful old/new home, a precedent interior architects may use as inspiration on projects with similar material and budgetary challenges.
Operating within these confines, designers created a series of six guidelines they used to limit energy consumption, reduce embodied carbon, cut costs, design for longevity, allow for self-construction, and, last but not least, create a beautiful, “hedonistic and playful” space, as the architects said.
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