barcelona-based architect carles enrich has completed ‘gallery-house’, a residential renovation of an early 20th century apartment. the home is located in the dense urban district of gracia, barcelona. the architect has reformulated the historical property into a modern dwelling well-adapted to the mediterranean climate.

the new design ensures views to the exterior courtyard from all parts of the house



the home acts as ‘a gallery that connects the street with the inner courtyards. a former storage room was repurposed into a music studio while the patio becomes a central circulation device in the plan.

a floating staircase acts as a central feature of the patio



the original dwelling was fragmented into small rooms connected through dark corridors with the outside. the building’s original envelope was altered through a selective demolition wherein 90% of the old tiles and bricks were repurposed. the colorful tiles of the pre-existing house were introduced into the circulation areas, kitchen and bathroom to preserve the ‘material heritage of the home’.

in the courtyard a structure made of steel profiles and ropes is introduced in order to make a seasonal porch



the second intervention proposes a main space based on the succession of different rooms connected by porticos defined by structural interventions in the load walls. with this intervention the visual depth of the house is enhanced and different circulations are granted. the inhabitants can enjoy views of the street and the inner courtyard from different rooms, blurring the boundaries between domestic and exterior spaces.

the seasonal porch improves climate conditions and allows the use of the patio during the hotter months



the architects utilized passive design techniques to ensure temperature control throughout the year. the patios offer great conditions of thermal regulation and natural lighting. the extension of the small courtyard in the center of the house and the sequence of porches offers a cross ventilation that helps to cool the apartment in the hottest months. furthermore, the reused brick is employed as a double façade​​, improving thermal inertia and acoustic insulation. a rainwater collection system has also been integrated which will be used to irrigate the planter that will grow into a pergola mixing wisteria with vine and jasmine.

the light internal structure creates a more flexible space for different functions

in a few years the planter will grow into a pergola mixing wisteria with vine and jasmine

the lighting within the home is further supported by passive design techniques

the satin finish of the mosaic offers a bright spot in the most interior areas of the house

the mosaic tiles from the former home preserve the ‘material heritage‘ of the house 

the open circulation allows ventilation and a cool temperature within the home

the architects reused bricks and tiles from the pre-existing residence

floating stair detail





project info:


author: carles enrich
collaborators: adriana campmany, mary kaldiry, laure nicod
structure: masaad estructuras
wood work: ifusta
constructor: pilar hoces
garden: teodora
photography: adrià goula
project: 2015
surface: 185 sqm
work: 2016-2017


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