External Reference, living in a photo studio

I was very inspired when I saw this project by Spanish architecture firm External Reference, showing a flexible residential/working space in an old warehouse in Barcelona. The structure of the dividing wall is amazing, and the whole idea of living in a photo studio/showroom really appeals to me.


This is what the architects say about their project:

Domestic space affects the user very personally and has been discussed extensively over the history of architecture.  At present; new lifestyles, new families and more flexible professional routines, have favored the emergence of a unique user profile, one that is complex and involves having a clear understanding on personal needs. This is the case of the inhabitant of this residential and work space: an industrial designer, active art director and one who is very involved in the world of fashion, advertising and performing arts. Our user raised the idea of devoting a warehouse to hold a photo shoot studio, office space, meeting room, space for auditions, castings, fashion shows, and finally, a home. Therefore, creating a space that one would be able to live, work and play in.
Hop over there for more pictures of this place, full of clever multi-functional solutions.


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Ems Designblogg is all about Scandinavian style, soft minimalism and beautiful functionalism. The blog is Sweden's oldest interior design blog and has been up and running since 2005. I strive to fill it with a mix of inspirational and aspirational images from all over the world, while keeping true to my own voice and style, where transparency is key and creative criticism is highly valued. When I'm not blogging, I bake chocolate cakes for my kids, hang around Stockholm's cafés and drink way too many cappuccinos, do some occasional styling work, and try to fit in some inspiring travel adventures in between. If you have any suggestions, propositions for collaborations, other ideas or just want to say hi, throw an email at: [email protected].


  • Wow. Amazing!

  • Åh, så häftigt! 🙂 Kram

  • :/

    Bad and ulgy. Sorry

  • think i would stumble around in there 🙂 haha