Property developer Norvet DVLP purchased this 100-year-old apartment building in the Sant Martí area, not far from Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia church. A planned renovation included the property’s communal areas and 14 apartments, as well as installation of a communal rooftop terrace.
Due to the building’s age, serious structural reinforcements were needed for safety and to create a new elevator shaft.
One of the biggest design challenges was to bridge the gap between the project’s budget limitations and the client’s desire to develop and promote something special: an original, authentic local design with modern elements. Careful attention to every detail was required to make it possible.
We recovered and re-laid the original hydraulic tiles in most apartments. To restore the building’s character, we decided to demolish all of its false ceilings and expose the originals. This required moving and re-installing all facilities such as central air conditioning, electricity and water to maximize the aesthetics.
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Client: Norvet Property DVLP.
Assistant Designer: Andra Naita
Photographer: Dani Rovira