The necessities ended up to convert this little developing positioned in the Borne district of Barcelona, from the finish of the 19th century and with 4 floors (but hardly 20sqm for each ground), into a put in which to be ready to operate and expend brief stays in their visits to Barcelona, although, alongside these 8 yrs, the private and household predicament of the client has improved, to which the task has tailored.
The initial scenario of the house was in ruins, with extremely weakened flooring slabs, weak stairs, and pieces of them demolished. Extra to this was the need to adapt the constructing to present-day restrictions, which produced it nearly extremely hard from the commence to reuse the inside, proceeding to wholly demolish the making, retaining only the facades and dividing walls, and the roof slab (not the stair tower, which was rebuilt).
The building system, slow and complex, at minimum allowed choices to be made as the essence of the estate was exposed with the demolitions. Hence, after all the floors slabs had been demolished and the building was observed as a slender and tall prism formed by partitions with a completely heterogeneous composition of all forms of bricks and stones arranged devoid of obvious get or composition, the notion of leaving all these partitions exposed turned conceptual: these 4 walls, around 15m higher, are a museum of the building’s heritage, exactly where any trace of its design (arches, lintels, stairs, and beams), and of its use (mortar continues to be, furnishings, claddings..) will be remaining unaltered, exposed in all its crudeness. The new flooring (3 in total) will be supported by new beams involving the dividing partitions, which will not contact both of the two facades: to the major facade, a sheet of glass will independent them from it and toward the interior façade, the stairwell will be a 4-tale void that unites the total inside and reveals the shocking peak of this kind of a slender constructing. Thus, the task is described, remaining to determine the works by using of each and every ground and take care of the complex problems.
Entry-kitchen area-dining area, dwelling area, lavatory-dressing home, bedroom, and terrace form, from base to best, the sequence of use. In any situation, with the exception of kitchen area furniture and rest room gear, practically nothing else occupies the flooring, so that their utilizes can be reversed in excess of time or essential, as perfectly as turning the flooring into functioning areas.
The presence of the installations, by ruling out grooves in the walls or small wells from the starting, acquire on a unique and pertinent purpose within: 7 stainless steel cylinders operate the overall peak of the making, conducting all the electrical, ventilation, plumbing, extraction, sanitation, air conditioning and telecommunications installations inside of 6 of the cylinders, leaving a person of them empty for potential requirements. These cylinders are not concealed and operate via the creating via furnishings and flooring. The rest of the installations are normally visible, hardly ever constructed-in, highlighting the roughness of the masonry partitions on which they are situated, freeing them from new servitudes.
In conditions of materiality, a specified refinement has been pursued in the new things to be carried out, in opposition to the crude expressiveness of the present walls, conscious that the space have to residence a property. Consequently, the kitchen is a frosted brass piece of furniture, shiny and with reflections, with a white marble top the bathroom gear is paneled with lacquered wooden in a slightly cream color, with black and brass aspects the ‘headboards’ of the flooring are lined in white microcement the hydraulic mosaic, microcement, and oak flooring incorporate heat and shade to the inside and the lacquered wooden ceilings integrate registers and grids to ‘design’ these requires.
The structure is all painted white, in search of a selected product abstraction, primarily in the development of the spiral staircase, which is designed as a free-standing cylinder that operates the total height of the building with out touching its partitions at any time, featuring Piranesian sights aided by the heterogeneity of the partitions and the range of points of view. On the contrary, all the facts on the existing partitions are direct and raw: the window frames are designed with direct mortar, the pre-frames are not concealed, and the structural elements of ties are remaining unpolished. Above, on leading of the stairwell, a skylight introduces a lovely gradation of light right up until the least expensive strata to the façade, the glass sheets bounce the lights between flooring and introduce ever-modifying reflections, permitting the façade to be admired at its comprehensive peak from the within, just as it happens in the void of the staircase.
The principal façade was rehabilitated pursuing the strict dictates of the heritage division, returning it to an picture of the past that it certainly hardly ever experienced. Only at the entrance door were we free to invent a entrance that reproduces the a few-dimensional style and design of the common hydraulic mosaic (applied on the ground flooring and a great deal beloved by the client) with an exploded check out of rhombuses and triangles finished with 3 types of aluminum, which conceals the doorway (only recognizable by the lock) and abstracts the entrance.
Architects: Raúl Sánchez Spot : 105 m² Calendar year : 2022 Photographs :José Hevia