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Antique Rooftop Dome Conceals Surprise Un Small Duplex


If you look up at the corner of two of Barcelona’s oldest streets – Las Ramblas and Carrer Ferran – you’ll notice a tiny dome peeking out from the penthouse; what you won’t notice is the shower inside. Likely built for its purely aesthetic value, the tiny, rounded shelter is protected- with the rest of the building – as part of the city’s architectural heritage.

source/image(PrtSc): Kirsten Dirksen

When the building’s owners renovated the flat, they decided to turn the architectural folly into something more practical. At first, they added cushions to the tiny, rounded shelter, but then they decided to go bolder and plumbed it as an outdoor shower.

From inside, one has views- while showering- of Las Ramblas, Columbus Monument (“Colon”), and the sea.The apartment itself is only 60 square meters (645 square feet), but with walls of mostly windows, the place feels larger.


The upper floor is an open living room/kitchen with built-in benches on both walls. Downstairs, the curved walls are all operable windows. One in-suite bathroom has full-glass windows and the other is a plywood cube. Stefan Dedeu and Sergi Lluch gave us a tour.

VIA Kirsten Dirksen
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