Uncovered bricks in Sant Antoni

Valentí Albareda was in charge last year of this triplex in Sant Antoni (Barcelona). The building that he found was an old and precarious building, where owners used to store bananas from Canarias to sell in the Mercat de Sant Antoni, and was bombarded during the Spanish Civil War.

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The architect took the history from the building and everything it has gone through the years, and created this apartment that respects the traditional elements from the 1900’s.

As a result, the owners got an apartment that fulfills this family’s requirements and respects the original soul space.

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The project started with the demolition of the existing vault to extend the rear facade and create a courtyard in the basement that allows light in. Other than bathing the space in natural light, it also allows for crossed ventilation to function.

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Albareda ripped the external layers of the walls and left the original dividers with the traditional ceramic brick. This action acts as an act of respect and care for the original nature of the building.

On the top floor, one of the dividers was knocked down to change it with a glass panel that again gives more amplitude to the space on the first floor.

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Photographies from José Hevia

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