From the moment you enter this Barcelona loft, you feel a certain magic in this home that architect Isern Serra created for artist Pol Solà. Located in a former warehouse area of a 1970s industrial building, the entrance to the 750-square-foot loft is through a freight elevator. When you arrive, you pass through a service area where the bathroom is located. Then, after crossing the open kitchen, you enter the main space distinguished by its open plan and a half circle archway that provides the space with its unique personality.
The challenge for Isern was to transform this apartment and its stretched-out floor plan—it was previously an office—into a functional and appealing home with its own unique character. First, he listened to his client’s wishes. Pol said he did not want any kind of divisions or separate rooms, instead he asked Isern to create the quintessential loft, completely open. “It was an office space with a couple of partitions for a meeting room and a drop ceiling. We tore it all down to create a sense of pure open space,” explains Isern. “Now it is a home meets gallery; a space where I’d like to live myself,” he adds.
With the exception of the bathroom, there are no partitions or doors and the entire apartment is filled with natural light; in Isern’s words, “natural light is life.” The only internal division is created by the half-circle arch that leads to the bedroom. “It introduces a concept of sculptural architecture, of artistic space in itself,” Isern says. “It is something dreamlike that captivates you and, at the same time, it has a functional role, separating spaces.”
The apartment is furnished with a curated selection of pieces and others that Isern designed himself, which engage with the geometry of the space. He was successful at giving the loft an impeccable aesthetic without sacrificing functionality. The strategically placed touches of color, the meticulously chosen furniture, and the works of art—both Pol’s pieces and others by his friends—contribute to create a vibrant atmosphere, full of life and with a very personal touch.
The lighting design also adds an aesthetic power to the home. “We tried to illuminate the space with points of light. I didn’t want general, ambient light, and so we opted for table lamps and hanging ones at a low height where they mark corners and bring a warmth to the space,” Isern explains.
This loft is proof that even the most undistinguished spaces—like a former office—can be transformed into true oases. Isern has managed to create not only an aesthetic haven, but also an inspiring experience that combines art, functionality, and Mediterranean warmth in an unexpected place. The inviting home is an example of how intelligent design paired with a meticulous attention to detail can turn an ordinary space into something unique.
This Barcelona loft was first published by AD Spain. It was translated by John Newton.
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