Triplex at Sant Antoni, Barcelona

Designed by: Valentí Albareda Tiana
For client: Private Floor area: 79.00 M² Year of completion: 2017
Submitted for: 年度小型公寓

Public Score
5.17 Function
5.30 Innovation
5.20 Creativity

About the Project

This dwelling/business place was a precarial and healthy home and its underground floor was used to store Canarian bananas to be sold in the neighborhood’s market. This building was also bombarded during the Spanish Civil War. These facts, associated with the typical architectural elements from the 1900’s buildings, were the basis to create a new dwelling project, with new necessities but showing the ancient scars. The project began with knocking down one of the existing vaults to lower the rear facade till the underground creating a new courtyard. The lower floor now is bathed in light and provided with a crossed ventilation. The overlapped skins are eliminated leaving the original paraments bare. In the attic floor part of the slab is knocked down to be substituted by a crystal leave that gives the necessary amplitude for the limited height from the first floor. The maximum obstacles are opened and the beams and vaults are uncovered. The stairs to access the attic floor changes the geometry to adjust to the courtesy bathroom’s door that is hidden in the cabinet under the doorsteps. The stair rail, supported in four welding points, forms a triangle that does its function on the stairway and in the attic floor. The old attic partitions are thrown and the new support structure works also as the cabinet’s structure for the rooms and continues with the sliding doors guides. Now the dwelling fulfills a family necessities but with the original soul.

What’s unique about it

This is an singular project because the intervation done allows the property gains in many aspects. First in space quality. Transform a dark and closed low level apartment into a ventilated space with natural light. This was done for example eliminating barriers, changing materials from opaque to transparent or translucide ones, creating a new interior yard opening the underground floor. By the other side, gain in usefull squared meters, with a more functional distribution and attic, now with three bedrooms, an office and two backyards. Besides respecting the building origins and giving it a new language through its own ancient material and structure, now used in a different and modern view.

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