The specifications were to change this compact making found in the Borne district of Barcelona, from the finish of the 19th century and with 4 flooring (but hardly 20sqm per floor), into a area in which to be equipped to do the job and commit shorter stays in their visits to Barcelona, although, together these 8 years, the particular and family members predicament of the consumer has improved, to which the job has tailored.
The authentic circumstance of the house was in ruins, with quite destroyed floor slabs, weak stairs, and areas of them demolished. Included to this was the want to adapt the setting up to present polices, which created it pretty much extremely hard from the get started to reuse the inside, continuing to wholly demolish the building, sustaining only the facades and dividing walls, and the roof slab (not the stair tower, which was rebuilt).
The design approach, slow and sophisticated, at minimum permitted selections to be made as the essence of the estate was unveiled with the demolitions. So, at the time all the floors slabs experienced been demolished and the making was seen as a slender and tall prism shaped by walls with a totally heterogeneous composition of all varieties of bricks and stones organized without the need of obvious buy or composition, the idea of leaving all these partitions exposed grew to become conceptual: these four walls, around 15m large, are a museum of the building’s historical past, exactly where any trace of its design (arches, lintels, stairs, and beams), and of its use (mortar remains, furnishings, claddings..) will be still left unaltered, uncovered in all its crudeness. The new flooring (3 in overall) will be supported by new beams in between the dividing walls, which will not contact possibly of the two facades: in direction of the main facade, a sheet of glass will individual them from it and in the direction of the interior façade, the stairwell will be a 4-tale void that unites the total inside and exhibits the shocking height of these types of a slender constructing. Hence, the project is outlined, remaining to define the makes use of of every single flooring and resolve the technological issues.
Entry-kitchen-eating home, dwelling home, lavatory-dressing place, bed room, and terrace kind, from base to best, the sequence of use. In any scenario, with the exception of kitchen area home furniture and rest room equipment, almost nothing else occupies the flooring, so that their works by using can be reversed around time or necessary, as properly as turning the flooring into operating areas.
The existence of the installations, by ruling out grooves in the partitions or smaller wells from the beginning, consider on a unique and applicable part inside of: 7 stainless metal cylinders run the full peak of the making, 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 long run requires. These cylinders are not concealed and run by the building by means of household furniture and flooring. The relaxation of the installations are normally noticeable, hardly ever crafted-in, highlighting the roughness of the masonry walls on which they are located, releasing them from new servitudes.
In phrases of materiality, a specified refinement has been pursued in the new aspects to be applied, in opposition to the crude expressiveness of the present walls, conscious that the space need to dwelling a residence. So, the kitchen area is a frosted brass piece of furnishings, shiny and with reflections, with a white marble best the toilet gear is paneled with lacquered wood in a somewhat cream color, with black and brass specifics the ‘headboards’ of the flooring are included in white microcement the hydraulic mosaic, microcement, and oak floors add heat and colour to the inside and the lacquered wooden ceilings incorporate registers and grids to ‘design’ these requirements.
The structure is all painted white, in look for of a specified materials abstraction, especially in the enhancement of the spiral staircase, which is produced as a absolutely free-standing cylinder that runs the entire top of the building devoid of touching its walls at any time, supplying Piranesian views aided by the heterogeneity of the partitions and the diversity of points of perspective. On the contrary, all the particulars on the current walls are immediate and uncooked: the window frames are produced with direct mortar, the pre-frames are not hid, and the structural factors of ties are remaining unpolished. Over, on prime of the stairwell, a skylight introduces a stunning gradation of mild until eventually the most affordable strata toward the façade, the glass sheets bounce the lighting concerning floors and introduce at any time-modifying reflections, enabling the façade to be admired at its whole top from the within, just as it happens in the void of the staircase.
The principal façade was rehabilitated adhering to the demanding dictates of the heritage office, returning it to an image of the past that it definitely never ever had. Only at the entrance door were we free of charge to invent a front that reproduces the 3-dimensional style and design of the basic hydraulic mosaic (employed on the ground flooring and substantially liked by the client) with an exploded look at 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 12 months : 2022 Photographs :José Hevia