Alteration of SANTPERE47 / Miel Arquitectos

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Architects: Miel Arquitectos
Location: Ronda Sant Pere, Barcelona,
Project Team: Miguel Angel Borras, Elodie Grammont
Project Size: 105 m2
Photography: Courtesy of Miel Arquitectos

The alteration of the flat SANTPERE47 is a rereading of the spatial structure of the typical Barcelona’s Example flat of the end of the 19th century, succession of isolated rooms and disconnected courts. SANTPERE47 dissolves the structure of walls throw new physical and visual connections.

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It was reading the flat when we discovered a geometric coincidence in the Cartesian plot, a diagonal axis that followed the hollows of the entrance’s door, of an intermediate pass throw and of one of the large windows faced to the street. This way was born the diagonal that organizes the project.

The restructuring of the former spaces of the flat gives place to visual unexpected whose origin always is the principal room that does the times of “room of control”. From it, across the court you see another room, across the distributor a bath appears and across the bath on suite is the living; it is this “diluted” bath the one that allows you to brush your teeth with the light and the reflection of the trees of the street.

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Two golden guides re-follow the bodies that slip on both sides of the diagonal, two technical guides that support the wired up, lighting, guides of doors and a sliding stairs. These golden lines establish a horizontal division in the flat: up to 2,20 m it flows the living space and above the given space floats, with another scale organizes mezzanines of storage, bottle racks, the entry of zenithal light in the bath or a polyvalent room.

SANTPERE47 is a fresh dialog with his origins that one discovers between the golden art craft ceiling of the dining room and the dance of drops of illuminated water, in the tactile experience of the girders of wood that support the floor within reach of your hands in the mezzanine or in the stairs – furniture that riches it formed by the mosaic re-consisted of the old living, which reflection multiplies like a magic carpet.

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Cite: "Alteration of SANTPERE47 / Miel Arquitectos" 28 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • Martijn

    Could someone tell me how that black sofa is called? I would like to know ’cause I am looking for something that would fit in our interior. That piece would be awesome and I can’t find anywhere how it’s called or who the designer is.


    • Polina

      Martijn, I believe this is TOGA sofa designed by Ligne Roset. It has been around for quite a while already – I think some 25 years or so, but undoubtedly is a design statement and the classic piece. Hope that helps :)

    • Phillip

      TOGO / Michel Ducaroy

    • Peter

      Find a Ligne Roset store near your place. They all have it. It’s a design classic.

    • miel arquitectos

      The name of the dark grey sofa is TOGO from LIGNE ROSET.
      Best regards,
      miel arquitectos

  • eili

    Hehehe same theme as we had here one or two weeks ago..
    Be sure to have some extra money in the bank because it is produced by Ligne Roset and quite expensive.
    The 2seater with the Armrests is very uncommon as the hardliners say that a real togo has to be without armrests – like it was produces initially, back in the 70´s.
    But everyone has his own taste..

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  • Ada J. González

    Lovely alteration! I personally believe that modifying an existing building is harder than designing a new one. I really like this one. The combination of colors, materials, selection of furniture and the treatment of the stair as a sculptural piece (as well as it’s storage use). Best regards!

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