Spring 2012 | Catholic University of America
El Born, Barcelona Spain

As artist housing within a bustling and popular neighborhood, opportunities for interaction come as both a blessing and a curse. Located in the busy Born district of Gothic Barcelona, the site provides ample opportunity for visibility, yet affords little privacy. The building’s reaction is to separate program into areas to be “present” and areas to be “absent”, separated by a spatial wedge. This scheme is repeated within the living quarters to further seclude and define inter-spatial connections. Spaces for living are compact, both audibly and visibly insulated. Spaces for work and display are expansive, and open to the neighborhood.