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8 Dwellings in Gracia / Raimon Farré Moretó

  • 02:00 - 19 April, 2018
  • Curated by Danae Santibañez
8 Dwellings in Gracia / Raimon Farré Moretó
8 Dwellings in Gracia / Raimon Farré Moretó, © José Hévia
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  • Architect

    Raimon Farré Moretó
  • Location

    Carrer de Taxdirt, 19, 08025 Barcelona, Spain
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Marta Besora, Anna Comas, Octavio Puente, Sergio Carrás.
  • Area

    672.0 m2
  • Project Year

  • Photographer

  • Executive Direction of the work

    Enric Farré y Marc Palacios, arquitectos técnicos.
  • Structural engineering

    Enric Farré i Raimon Farré.
  • Calculation of facilities

    Tescor, ingeniería.
  • Building

    Baldo BSO.
  • External advisors

    Guillem Bosch, Jaume Mayol, Irene Pérez, Núria Rello.
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© José Hévia
© José Hévia

Text description provided by the architects. This project pursued to dignify the city through the incorporation of elements, proportions, materials and constructive solutions that are typical of traditional residential buildings in Barcelona.

© José Hévia
© José Hévia

A tribuna (an enclosed gallery projecting over the building’s front), a distinct noble element of residential buildings in Barcelona’s Eixample, characterizes each of the eight flats that make up the building.  Their floor-to-ceiling height of 3.4m offers the highest level of usefulness for the 40m2 available. One room/one home, flexible and able to adapt to future changes. A light construction fixed element of 10m2 accommodates the unit’s sanitary services (kitchen and bathroom) and defines the entrance, while a built-in module that satisfies the needs of storage, leisure and work, separates and plays around the surrounding living-dining room, bedroom and tribuna.

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© José Hévia
Lower floor plan + Second floor plan + Roof plan
Lower floor plan + Second floor plan + Roof plan
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© José Hévia

The materials –five that explain almost everything— and their materiality were chosen to guarantee, as much as possible, long-term durability: Reinforced concrete is present in the artificial stone elements of the façade, floor pavements and the interior’s porticoed structure, where it is left exposed.

© José Hévia
© José Hévia

Ceramic elements constitute the building’s enclosure, made of 240mm-wide lightened clay bricks on the outside and double-leaf masonry of 90mm-wide lightweight clay bricks inside. The exterior façade is finished with ETICS panels, while on the inside bricks are left exposed and whitewashed, thus leaving the material’s tectonic and expressive characteristics visible with the expectation that additional layers of lime will soften the walls’ still rough texture.

Sketch / Scheme
Sketch / Scheme

Wood is used for the built-in module of the “rooms” and the coverings of staircase landings.  They are made of pinewood lumber frame construction finished with HPL boards; all joints are reversible to allow accessibility inside the walls. 

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© José Hévia

Service equipment items (ducts and conduits for utilities) are considered as an additional material of the building, all present but integrated and accessible, trying to make the useful life of the building more flexible and long-lasting. And lastly, dirt. The roughness of the façade seeks to accommodate the dirt and scuffs that will inevitably appear and accumulate in certain places, thus ensuring that over the years the building’s presence improves, or better yet, that it ages well.

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Cite: "8 Dwellings in Gracia / Raimon Farré Moretó" [8 Viviendas en Gracia / Raimon Farré Moretó] 19 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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