The brief for the refurbishment of this apartment building located in Sant Martí and originally constructed more than a century ago, was to provide affordable homes that would be modern yet not devoid of architectural character. The development thus required the judicial selection of what was worth retaining and what had to be replaced. The structural state of the floor plates required major engineering works to be carried out. In turn the original vaulted construction was reinforced and exposed which involved replacing all the services. Where possible the suelo hidráulico (cement floor tiles) were catalogued and replaced in their original locations combined with quality timber flooring that define the living and dining spaces.
The common areas also reflect the traditional importance of the shared entrance and stair landings (now in addition provided with a new lift) with marble floors and polished plaster wainscotting. A shared roof terrace conceived as a spa and entertaining space, is equipped with cooking and showering facilities. Internally there are 14 new apartments including 2 duplexes, pent house as well as a ‘principal’ with its own private terrace. Contemporary design pieces are complimented by the restored ironmongery and joinery.