Spanish studio vora presents Vallirana 47, a sensible refurbishment of a small housing building between party walls in Barcelona, finished in 2019. The studio explains the development,
Vallirana 47 is a quite anonymous and discreet building. Its value doesn´t lie within any singular identity, but in the sense of continuity of an epoch. The work consists of the refurbishment of 5 of the 6 dwellings in the building, and the common spaces.
Aroused by the way of thinking of the client “Pontejos (conservation and preservation)”, the architects brought the project to a high level of hybridization between the new and the old, to which they had never achieved before. They worked with the identity of the building in a way that is both continuous and disruptive, with a respectful and at the same time playful attitude.
The new spatial arrangement is superimposed to the existing one in an expressive way, through friction and displacement. Pavements and ceilings incorporate the order and hierarchy of the original spaces, while the partitions express, at the same time, part of this memory, as well as the transformations made.
The intervention, in a material approach, tries to hybridize with the pre-existing. Many materials and elements of the building were reused, which maintain the atmospheric continuity. Everything that was added, links with this continuity, from the most tactile aspects to the most abstract ones: glazed tiles, application of graphic patterns extracted from the building's grids, wall papers, etc ... In this sensory approach, it was also incorporated the stratification of qualities that characterized the residential buildings of that time, specifically in the detail of some coatings and elements.
Finally, the architects built a density of layers of perception and information in the interiors, which provides complexity and vibration. Meaningful vibration for those who want to interpret it, which at the same time generates visual comfort, deliberately away from the smooth and anonymous surfaces, so the future tenants will feel at home from the very first day.
Vallirana 47 was recently awarded “best small apartment of the year” at the Frame Awards 2020. The project received previously several recognitions such as honorable mention at the Tile of Spain Award 2019, finalist at the Arquitectura Plus awards 2019 and Surface Design awards 2020; and was selected at Fad awards 2019, The Plan awards 2019, Catalunya Construcció Award 2019 and Dezeen Awards 2019.
Address: C/Vallirana 47, Barcelona
Surface area: 490 m2
Architects: vora (Pere Buil, Toni Riba)
Project Team: Alex Etxeberria, Quim Olea, Lorenz Kraut, Pol Bosch, Veronika Halo
Structure: Eskubi-Turró Arquitectes
Budget Control: Gerard Codina
Building Management: Gerard Codina
Contractor: Metric Integra
Client: Pontejos. Conservación y Preservación
Photos: Adriŕ Goula
Source: vora y v2com
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