11 Oct 2019
Casa Burés, Barcelona
Estudio vilablanch + TDB Arquitectura
Casa Burés, built between 1900-1905 by Francesc Berenguer -a close collaborator of Antoni Gaudí, has 7.700 s/m distributed over 6 floors and is listed since 1979, enjoying the highest protection category as cultural heritage. The modernist architecture and interior original elements were respected and restored because of both regulatory requirements and a high sensibility by all the stakeholders. The interior design project was carried out by Estudio vilablanch in collaboration with TDB Arquitectura and commissioned by Bonavista Developments. The main goals were to recover and highlight the building original decorative elements, and to adapt the housing to contemporary regulatory and functional needs in term of distribution, technology, safety, accessibility, ecology and comfort. There was a key and strict strategy: all the original architectural and decorative existing elements were restored, while new materials were added when needed; these new materials should not compete neither imitate the original ones. The team defined three interior design concepts matching the intrinsic qualities of each existing space: 3 lofts and the common areas recovered their original industrial character; 2 palatial residences were carefully restored respecting the existing modernist elements (mosaics, polychromed ceilings,reliefs…); and 21 flats were conceived as contemporary residences with rich original elements. The conceptualization included design and definition of materials and finishes.
After 3 years of a laborious restoration process and meticulous interior design project carried out by recognized professionals and artisans, Casa Burés has emerged as one of the most representative Modernist-style buildings in Barcelona. It has been an amazing team work (developer, city authorities, project team and restoration experts); together, we’ve achieved that Casa Burés shines again with a new life as one of Barcelona most beautiful modernist jewels. Built between 1900-1905, the building was nearly abandoned for years and some original elements were vandalized. Catalogued as cultural heritage since 1979, the objective of the client and all the teams involved in the project was, above all, not to alter the essence of Casa Burés. The big challenge for us was transforming this historical 19th C residential building into 26 exclusive 21th C flats and common areas, while preserving its rich historical and architectural heritage. The interior design project strategy managed to incorporate all the modern life comfort elements (space distribution, climatization, home automation...) and regulatory requirements, while preserving the original elements of the building. We projected an elegant design that recovers and highlights the valuable architectural and decorative features that are part of the history of Modernism,complementing them with equally refined materials and contemporary elements that are serene and quiet, in order not to compete or imitate with the modernist ones.