Nikbor University Residence – Barcelona, Spain by Normal

Nikbor is a university residence situated on the iconic Passeig de Garcia in Barcelona, Spain. Designed by local studio, Normal, these interiors span three levels of a historic building and evoke a fresh, hip approach to modern hosptiality design.

Stepping into the reception area, one may think they’ve just entered a swanky hotel. Original gold tiled flooring with striking inlays meets a curvaceous, customized black front desk flanked by two small table lamps imposing a warm glow. An inky black ceiling with painted plaster reliefs plays dramatic contrast to the stark white walls featuring rows of laquered vintage rotary phones–what a whimsical display!

The dining room is basic in black-and-white, featuring elegant tiling trimmed with a pine wood perimeter. A mix of bent wood and plastic chairs adorn the tables, while an erratically-stacked wooden dining bar creates a sculptural splash in the space. Industrial lighting in metal cages hang from the ceiling, while plentiful frosted-glass textured windows also provide natural light.

Through an arched doorway lies the kitchen, a stainless steel cold-prep area which also features the daily buffet. Retro tiles in light blue and black make impact in the small zone. Students and residents are invited to warm up their own food as desired with a nearby microwave, small refrigerator and sink at their disposal.

Guest rooms are simple, yet with thoughtful, cozy touches like floral pinboards over wooden desks. Bathrooms are crisp and clean in a palette of royal blue tiles and white amenities. Beds are customized pine, bunk-style or single according to room type and feature white linens and plush blankets. Chocolate-hued velvet curtains hang on iron rods over the large windows, with some accomodations featuring private, tiled terraces overlooking the historical city.

Perhaps most notable is how Nikbor, a wallet-friendly accommodation, conveys a true blend of classical characteristics with ultra-cool, modern hospitality design.


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