This article published on Savills website
shows how Barcelona has become a very interesting option for residential projects. Catalan architecture, strongly influenced by the Modernism and Noucentisme movements, has its own particularities such as the Catalan vault, the ornamental works characteristic of Modernism, and double-height floors, among others.
For today's interior designers, the refurbishment of these spaces has become a challenge to accommodate the needs of 2022. The result is often residential projects with a strong character where the tradition meets modernity and contemporary taste in a syncretic dance.
Let's take as an example 4 of the residential jewels that Intercon developed in Barcelona.
Pau Claris 87:
Refurbishment of 400 square meters into four apartments of 80 and 100 square meters, located in Pau Claris street in the center of Barcelona. The traditional architecture and interiors amalgamate the ideas which made Catalan architects and designers renowned, and this project wants to pay homage to them and also to update and reinterpret the interior design language to our current times.
The concept celebrates the aesthetics traditionally seen in the interior design of the flats of the Eixample district by preserving and recuperating several features which link the apartments with its architectural history. A clear example of this is the recovery of hydraulic tiles across the flooring, the original geometric mouldings in the ceilings, and using the Modernist box-shaped structure in the doors, which adds a very distinct personality to the spaces.
The furniture mixes Catalan and Scandinavian styles to create a contemporary lifestyle in one of the most cultural neighbourhoods of the Catalan capital.
Refurbishment of a hospital into a residential apartment building, located in the center of the Eixample district in Barcelona.
The interior design preserves and restores traditional architectural elements such as the Catalan vault in the ceilings and custom tiles on the floors, as well as opening up the spaces to make the most of the brightness and the pleasant weather of Barcelona. The overall white palette is broken colour palette up with interesting features like bespoke shelved walls which divide the spaces without closing them up.
Refurbishment and conversion of an office building into an apartment residential building, located in the Eixample district of Barcelona. The apartments are composed of a double level and a triple level apartment, a duplex and a penthouse with two bedrooms apartment. Following the Mediterranean lifestyle of a city where the sun shines all year round, a common denominator of the apartments is the abundance of natural light, reinforced by the white walls and openness of the interior spaces.
Dark wood flooring, sculptural natural stone stairs behind a full glass wall which connect the levels of the duplex, or a walk-in, stylish bathroom which blends in harmony with the other common areas and private spaces generate an alluring effect to both local and international residents.
M 10 Residential:
In M 10 Residential, the beauty of a historic exclusive building in Barcelona can be found in abundance. A building with 4 floors that now, thanks to its evolution, is presented as an example of a modern contemporary architecture. It is the vibrant, subtle and elegant culmination of a lifestyle concept brought to life by the breadth and height of its homes, natural light, aesthetic appeal, intelligent designs, generosity of its common areas and exclusive services, as well as the excellence of its materials.