Andrew Trotter had been living in Barcelona for a year with his now business partner Mari Luz Vidal when they decided to open up their flat as a creative space. At first it functioned as a photography gallery, but then, together with their Japanese flatmate Nobu, it became the venue for everything from sushi parties to talks and concerts. Over the course of three years, their home was opened to more than 4,500 people.
It was these events – and connecting digitally with other people around the world who were creating similar projects – that prompted Trotter and Luz Vidal to bring their openhouse project into the print realm. And so Openhouse Magazine
, a bi-annual, multi-lingual publication was born in 2014, featuring creatives who open up their homes and spaces to ‘share cultural activities and experience life together’.
Trotter, who now lives in a house just a few minutes’ walk from Soho House Barcelona, and Luz Vidal continue to put on events. On May 25-26, they will turn Barcelona’s Pavilion Mies van der Rohe into a home. Trotter explains, ’we will have architects and designers coming to talk and a large dinner in the evening, while we present our next issue. This will be the first time that the Mies Pavilion will look like a home.’
A Barcelona local for seven years now, Trotter is a natural admiral of its design and architecture scene.‘The Spanish are not afraid of new architecture and like to try new things,’ he says. ‘Barcelona is a vibrant city, full of life, and a young population that are setting up creative businesses.’
Here, he shares the architecture and design spaces in Barcelona that inspire him the most: