Designing a home on the skinny, leftover spaces in high-density cities is notoriously difficult—not only are these lots cramped, but architects also struggle with bringing natural light into their designs without compromising privacy. Spanish studio Alventosa Morell Arquitectes rose to that challenge with the CP House, a narrow but generously day-lit home squeezed between two buildings in Barcelona. The four-story house sports a handsome steel-and-timber facade that protects the inhabitants' privacy, while bringing in as much natural light as possible.
Located in Nou Barris, Barcelona, the 55-foot-long site was a challenge not only because of its size and relation to the adjacent buildings, but also because of the extremely noisy surroundings. Thus, the starting point for Alventosa Morell was to create a design that minimized the amount of noise that entered the house while maximizing natural light. As a result, the home is divided into two zones: the areas used at night, such as the bedrooms, are located near the front of house, and the communal areas more commonly used during the day are placed at the rear of the house away from the street.
To maximize privacy and create a noise buffer, the street-facing facade is mostly covered up with large wooden panels, save for two balconies on the second and third floor. In contrast, the rear of the home is open to the outdoors and natural light through large sections of glazing and timber shutters. The interior is mostly whitewashed to reduce the need for artificial lighting and is complemented by wooden accents and stone tiling. An open-tread timber staircase connects the four floors.
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