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Gracia Residence by Lluís Corbella & Marc Mazeres


This industrial residence positioned in Barcelona, Spain, was designed 2015 by Lluís Corbella & Marc Mazeres.


Description by Lluís Corbella & Marc Mazeres

Earlier than being acquired by the homeowners, the constructing held a “milk store” within the coronary heart of one of the charming and dense neighborhood in Barcelona: Gracia. Initially on this store, milk and different derivate reminiscent of yogurt and cream the place bought… and there have been cows in it as properly. So the start line was a constructing with none use, completely deserted with its facades and roof in very dangerous situation and heavy renovation actions have been recquired.

The proposal was finished in collaboration with architect Marc Mazeres. The primary concept was to “empty” the unique interior house and protect solely the facades and unique roof. Our principal thought was to construct a brand new dwelling however preserving the unique inside quantity and its spirit.

The result’s a novel mixture of areas that talk in several heights and permit visible and bodily connections between them. On this venture areas are interconnected so new visuals are created between completely different platforms and ranges. The concept was to understand the constructing as a various areas container. The thought turns into extra evident in the primary front room, related to the inside corridors and likewise to the outside by means of huge home windows.

A metallic staircase and a small elevator join the bottom plan with different ranges. All of the horizontal communication is finished via glass and sliding doorways to permit a serious visible connection between areas.

Through the constructive course of we developed an “empty-refilling” system. Which means that the constructing was “emptied” of all outdated inside constructions and solely facades, roof and a central wooden pillar have been left. This pillar was and nonetheless is the one central help level of all of the construction.

All of the horizontal construction was constructed with an answer of steel beams and steel and concrete composite slab. On the identical time facades and roof had been renovated.

Inside partitions had been constructed from brick core and exterior pasted prefabricated piece. On website works length have been minimize down drastically with the usage of these items. The outcomes are excellent by way of sturdiness, finishes and acoustic isolation.

Home windows, openings and blinds are solved with aluminum techniques with excessive effectivity commonplace. The local weather system consists of crossed air flow in summer time and a ground heating system heated with photo voltaic panels in winter. The finishes of this constructing depend on simplicity and sturdiness.

Images by Eva Cotman

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