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The story

A listed Catalan Modernist building by acclaimed architect Salvador Vinyals dating back to 1909, in one of the most prestigious avenues of Barcelona’s Eixample district. Property developer Norvet would create new offices in a space that had previously been bourgeois family apartments, a language school and an embassy.

The premises had been uninhabited for about two decades so had to undergo an extensive renovation project. As Norvet’s creative director and head of the design department, my task was to convey the developer’s philosophy in the new space.

The design program’s objective was to create the feeling for visitors of being welcomed to the developer’s home rather than its offices.

The solution

We used the existing hydraulic tiles, a period detail, as inspiration for the project’s patterns and color palette. The original high ceilings with Modernist plaster ornaments were painted in colors extracted from the floor tiles, giving each area its own look.

Major structural reinforcements supported the layout changes required because of the shift from residential to office use. The offices included a reception area, meeting rooms, private office rooms as well as open and breakout workspaces.

In parallel with the renovations, we developed a furnishing project, which included designer pieces as well as custom-made light installations and carpentry.

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Year: 2015
Size: 240sqm
Assistant Designer: Andra Naita
Client: Norvet Property DVLP.
Photographer: Adrià Goula