The reform has been approached as a search for the most intrinsic characteristics of the original construction, and the building has been freed of additions, surface elements and recent reforms, interpreting the old elements not so much through an historical perspective as through their architectural qualities.
The minimalistic style of the redevelopment invokes the austerity of past times. There is a dialogue between the new work and the old that seeks to marry past and present. The entry of natural light gives form to the volumes, and the fluidity of the spaces is accentuated. These spaces are defined by stone, wood, iron and concrete, used in their natural colours and textures. The colour of oak adds a touch of warmth while the iron elements strike a contrast with the stone and concrete.
The new layout respects the logic of the structure and adapts it to the new functional requirements. On the ground floor, the main door gives access to the entrance hall and a small distribution space; on the first floor is an apartment opening on to the courtyard and garden, and the second and third floors house a duplex apartment, with the night spaces on the lower floor and the living room and kitchen on the upper floor enjoying views and a covered terrace.
The project is organised around the two centrelines that structure the floor plan. The staircase has been shifted to place it next to the lift, in the interstitial space between the two directional lines of the centrelines. This space is configured as the hinge that generates the entire layout.
The garden, enclosed by high stone walls, has been formalised into three consecutive planes that go from hardest to softest: concrete, lawn and water. The paved zone contiguous to the house is in planed concrete and is covered by a set of cables for the wisteria to climb on. The plane of lawn, finished with a steel edge, floats above the water of the pool. It is like a long, dark reservoir that overflows and disappears, reflecting the neighbouring wall.
The final aim of the restoration is to integrate old and new using sober and clean lines and attempting to celebrate essentials such as space, light, shadow, fire, stone, water and silence.Anna Noguera, Architect.
The architectural firm of Anna Noguera was established in Barcelona in 1992. Its areas of expertise cover a broad array of services including construction, public facilities, housing, landscaping, outdoor spaces as well as interior design. In recent years the office has taken part in several tourism projects at international level, performing pre-projects and master plan concepts for spa centres, villages and hotels—in addition to the redevelopment of historic buildings or villages for conversion into tourist destinations. The work of Anna Noguera puts special emphasis on the integration of buildings into the landscape, sustainability and respect for the environment and local traditions, along with attention to detail throughout the entire project. Under this philosophy, the office has received several awards, both in design competitions and for work already built.