110 Rooms: A Modern Spin on Barcelona's Housing Block

Located in Eixample, a historic district in central Barcelona, Spain, which is characterized by its octagonal blocks and strict grid of wide avenues, 110 Rooms is a new housing block by local architecture practice MAIO that celebrates the area’s 19th century housing typology in the context of 21st century design.

Typically, buildings in Eixample are comprised of rooms of equal size, in a rigid yet fortuitous layout that has permitted their modifications during the last century without major architectural interventions. MAIO have retained this popular characteristic in their design of 110 Rooms which consists of as many, similarly sized rooms allowing the new apartments to be expanded or reduced according to the future needs of their inhabitants.

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