UbicaciónBarcelona, Barcelona, Spain
Architect in ChargeAmadeu Santacana, Umberto Viotto
Text description provided by the architects. The most contentious part of this apartment in Barcelona, from the point of view of lighting and organization, is clearly the center. The areas in contact with the interior courtyards and the vertical core. The parts that are in contact with the facades are already ideally placed to work by themselves, and therefore do not need much renovation. So, we initially propose a dual approach to the project.
We needed to turn the conflict in the center into an area that not only works but is a fascinating and exciting area. And projecting the "do almost nothing" in other parts of the apartment.
The central part is approached from the elimination of excessive fragmentation and the implementation of systems of more contemporary livability, where the static circulation and programs are naturally mixed and thus avoid spaces only for circulation.
The center is transformed into a landscape that contains 3 closed boxes with a music box, a bathroom-laundry, and bathroom-kitchen. A landscape where the movable elements are laid out freely and without a hierarchy. Elements that are used specifically and coexist with other elements in this common context. A landscape where the boundaries are not so defined, and more diffuse and interlaced contemporary dynamics are absorbed. A landscape that supports the multiple variations and transformations at the same rate that we can make them in more urban settings.
At the same time, the new organization emphasizes the spatial continuity of the flooring and ceilings, as base supports element of this landscape, only delimited by the traces of the old rooms.
This landscape also gives us some programmatically tranquility, allowing us the luxury of not knowing how we will live for the next 50 years. A support of forced uncertainty to be able to absorb the maximum variable activities, as today are the production of scripts, fabrics, artwork, food, music, drawings.... Activities impossible to isolate, and strung naturally with each other. A home factory of creation.
The other part focuses on the efforts of the invisibility of "doing almost nothing." Only some strategies of economic efficiency, exploiting the structure of wooden boxes to concentrate all the facilities. We keep the framing and move it. We recycle existing bricks for new partitions. We heated only the essential. We manage the gallery space as an intermediate space for thermal regulation. In short, we spatially compress the maximum number of layers involved in the renovation to give the uncertainty required for it to really become a new domestic landscape.