The demands were being to transform this tiny setting up found in the Borne district of Barcelona, from the end of the 19th century and with 4 floors (but hardly 20sqm for every ground), into a place in which to be capable to function and shell out quick stays in their visits to Barcelona, although, along these 8 decades, the own and family circumstance of the customer has transformed, to which the undertaking has tailored.
The primary scenario of the assets was in ruins, with very weakened flooring slabs, weak stairs, and components of them demolished. Extra to this was the want to adapt the developing to latest regulations, which created it basically unachievable from the start off to reuse the inside, proceeding to entirely demolish the developing, maintaining only the facades and dividing walls, and the roof slab (not the stair tower, which was rebuilt).
The building process, gradual and advanced, at the very least allowed decisions to be created as the essence of the estate was exposed with the demolitions. Therefore, the moment all the flooring slabs had been demolished and the creating was noticed as a slender and tall prism formed by walls with a totally heterogeneous composition of all kinds of bricks and stones arranged with no clear buy or composition, the concept of leaving all these walls uncovered became conceptual: these four partitions, around 15m substantial, are a museum of the building’s historical past, the place any trace of its design (arches, lintels, stairs, and beams), and of its use (mortar remains, furnishings, claddings..) will be still left unaltered, exposed in all its crudeness. The new floors (3 in total) will be supported by new beams amongst the dividing walls, which will not contact either of the two facades: in direction of the major facade, a sheet of glass will independent them from it and in direction of the inside façade, the stairwell will be a 4-story void that unites the overall inside and exhibits the stunning peak of these types of a slender making. Hence, the undertaking is outlined, remaining to define the works by using of each individual flooring and resolve the specialized problems.
Obtain-kitchen area-eating area, residing place, bathroom-dressing area, bedroom, and terrace type, from base to best, the sequence of use. In any situation, with the exception of kitchen area home furnishings and lavatory products, absolutely nothing else occupies the floors, so that their uses can be reversed over time or wanted, as well as turning the flooring into doing work areas.
The presence of the installations, by ruling out grooves in the walls or smaller wells from the beginning, acquire on a particular and pertinent function inside of: 7 stainless metal cylinders run the total peak of the constructing, conducting all the electrical, air flow, plumbing, extraction, sanitation, air conditioning and telecommunications installations within 6 of the cylinders, leaving one of them empty for potential requirements. These cylinders are not concealed and run as a result of the developing by furniture and floors. The relaxation of the installations are usually noticeable, under no circumstances developed-in, highlighting the roughness of the masonry walls on which they are found, liberating them from new servitudes.
In phrases of materiality, a certain refinement has been pursued in the new aspects to be implemented, in opposition to the crude expressiveness of the current walls, mindful that the area ought to home a dwelling. So, the kitchen is a frosted brass piece of furnishings, shiny and with reflections, with a white marble top rated the rest room devices is paneled with lacquered wooden in a marginally product colour, with black and brass aspects the ‘headboards’ of the floors are protected in white microcement the hydraulic mosaic, microcement, and oak floors increase heat and colour to the interior and the lacquered wooden ceilings include registers and grids to ‘design’ these wants.
The structure is all painted white, in lookup of a specified product abstraction, specially in the enhancement of the spiral staircase, which is created as a totally free-standing cylinder that operates the complete peak of the constructing with out touching its walls at any time, supplying Piranesian views aided by the heterogeneity of the walls and the range of details of look at. On the contrary, all the information on the existing walls are direct and raw: the window frames are built with direct mortar, the pre-frames are not concealed, and the structural elements of ties are still left unpolished. Higher than, on best of the stairwell, a skylight introduces a attractive gradation of light-weight right until the cheapest strata to the façade, the glass sheets bounce the lights amongst flooring and introduce ever-transforming reflections, permitting the façade to be admired at its whole peak from the inside of, just as it comes about in the void of the staircase.
The most important façade was rehabilitated subsequent the strict dictates of the heritage section, returning it to an impression of the past that it certainly never experienced. Only at the entrance door were we cost-free to invent a front that reproduces the three-dimensional style and design of the common hydraulic mosaic (employed on the ground floor and much cherished by the customer) with an exploded view of rhombuses and triangles concluded with 3 styles of aluminum, which conceals the door (only recognizable by the lock) and abstracts the entrance.
Architects: Raúl Sánchez Space : 105 m² Year : 2022 Photos :José Hevia