Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project
About the project
Starting from a ruin situation, this tiny 4-story building located in Barcelona’s old center, had to become a place to live. As all floors slabs were removed, and the building was seen as a slender prism formed by heterogeneous masonry walls, the idea of leaving them exposed became conceptual: these walls are a museum of the building's history, and any trace of its construction/use will be left unaltered. A sheet of glass will separate the new slabs from the main façade; the stairwell will be a 4-story void linking the entire interior and showing the surprising height of such a slender building.
The main façade was rehabilitated following the heritage regulations. Only at the entrance were we free to invent a front that reproduces the 3d design of the classic mosaic (much loved by the client) with a layout of rhombuses finished with 3 types of aluminum, which conceals the door and abstracts the entrance.
Project implementation year
Applicant and authors of the project
Raul Sanchez Architects.
Award winning architecture and design practice based in Barcelona. Raúl Sánchez is a graduated architect from the architecture school in Granada, Spain. Since 2005, he resides and works in Barcelona developing a professional activity which escapes specialization in order to cover all types of work and projects related to architecture, interiorism, urbanism, and design. Regardless of the type, scale, location or budget, every new work is a new challenge.
Photographer José Hevia
Architecture collaborator Valentina Barberio
Structure consultant Diagonal Estructuras
Engineering consultant Marc Mares