An old plaster moulding shop on the ground floor of an early 20th century building in Barcelona was dark and derelict until Valentí Albareda architects created a magical light filled home with central courtyard and a distinct modern flavour inside its rustic exposed brick walls.
This time we find an old plaster molding shop in the heart of Gracia neighbourhood, in Barcelona. Located on the ground floor of a building of the early twentieth century, it was a place without light due to its small patio and few openings in the facades. It has been abandoned for decades; it had neither a bathroom nor a kitchen; the interior consisted of only two rooms.
However, the heights of the ceilings and wooden beams, a very common characteristic of the buildings of the time, together with a space in the back of the building, favoured the realization of a unique project.
The main objective was clear; allow the entrance of light in all the new rooms of the house. The Functional Program required three rooms including two bathrooms and a living room where the kitchen was an important part of it.
In order to achieve this, we need two key actions, expanding the patio by knocking down adjacent buildings located on the upper floor and joining the back space with the local by making the patio become the main concept of the project, through which the rooms were articulated.
Inspired by tubular radiators, the element that delineated the lobby and the living room was designed along with a retro-lit metal shelf. The attic was made with a metal structure of only 6 cm and a solid wood floor. In order to be considered a private room, it was delimited with transparent glass walls and bi fold curtains.
A large window formed by two iron doors together with the attic help creating an atmosphere of loft inspiration. This window gives direct access to the patio, in which we wanted, once again, to introduce a natural element, which would provide the feeling of living outside the city.
The project counted on the contribution of custom designed furniture such as the headboards, the carpet made with herringbone wooden floor in the master bedroom, the bathroom furniture and the shelves of the hall among other details. Photos by José Hevia