Excerpt: Reforma de vivienda en Sants restored by Parramon and Tahull arquitectes focused to create a calm and sober atmosphere, without excesses of design using Natural materials to make an interior environment minimalistic with full of light.
[Text as submitted by architect] Comprehensive reform of an apartment with three facades in a 1900 building in the Sants district of Barcelona. We seek to create a calm and sober atmosphere, without excesses of design. Natural materials, nothing expensive or sophisticated. Allow the inhabitant to own the space, avoid rigidity, and bring light everywhere.
The living room opens to the gallery space, previously closed and partially occupied by the bathroom. Spaces are expanded and permeabilized, generating a greater visual amplitude.
Most of the original hydraulic pavements have been preserved and recovered, which take center stage due to their intense colors, in contrast to the white of the walls and ceilings. Where it has not been possible, white marble and porcelain stoneware are used.
All new elements are exposed wood (birch plywood for the custom furniture and pine wood for the windows). On the other hand, the existing woodwork (interior and exterior) has been painted white, allowing a clear view of the new and the pre-existing.
All materials are natural and sustainable (marble, mosaic, wood). No artificial air conditioning is used, only cross ventilation and ceiling fans.