Barrel-vaulted brick ceilings have been discovered in a renovation of a residential apartment in Barcelona.

Architect Pepe Gascón from Laboratory for Architecture told Dezeen they discovered the bricks when they demolished the apartment’s existing plaster ceiling.

According to Gascón, the ceiling style was common in the design of Spanish houses during the time the apartment was built.

The method was traditionally used in the construction of ceramic tile roofs, with the brick arch helping to distribute the weight and force on the ceiling. 

The architects decided to leave the brick exposed in the renovated apartment’s living areas, showing off the red tones of the clay ceramic.

The vaulted ceilings throughout the rest of the home were painted white.

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