Magnificent Restoration in Barcelona
This spectacular architectural restoration is located in a building in the old quarter of Barcelona, Spain. The house was originally a fabric store for 20 years but was in poor condition and needed to be restored. The owners of this home, a young couple with a small child, acquired this unique house and commissioned the Studio MINIM interior design to rehabilitate the home. They had always looked for unique spaces with distinguishing architectural elements, but they were fascinated with the possibilities offered of this house which included a cloister and a large terrace patio, gazebo and the work of Antoni Gaudí himself. From the outset, the owners, aware of the historical value of housing rehabilitation and wished for the interior design firm to restore and maintain the most of every one of the original elements.
The home consists of 180 square meters with access to an interior courtyard of about 150 square meters and a space annex that was part of an ancient 500 year old convent, whose back facade is oriented to the same patio. The convent space is over 100 square meters and serves as an office area for the owner. The two properties were unified into one main dwelling. The clients wished for everything no be neutral, with a clean, minimalist aesthetic, inspired by the Nordic style mixed with contemporary furnishings. The lounge, dining room and kitchen are at the heart of the home with open access to the courtyard. The roofs could not be kept, not only because they were in poor condition and because they did not coincide with the distribution, but because they were really very simple and not providing any value. The different original thatched roofs were removed, and left a homogeneous space with the structure of beams and ceiling blocks in view.