located in a classic 19thcentury residential building, the fully renovated 7-bedroom guesthouse in barcelona completely changes the atmosphere while staying within the normative limits of not modifying the existing distribution. the transformation by coma arquitectura and lucía millet is significant, and therefore the project proposes a new sober and elegant look that interacts with the elements of the building’s original architecture while seeking unexpected visual resources that add a differential value to the clients’ accommodation offer.

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the demands of environmental control required by the new use of the guesthouse involve a solution with a false ceiling which greatly impacts on the space. this technical element becomes the main feature of the intervention, which runs through the different rooms of the guesthouse, folding its edges in response to the original elements it finds along the way: moldings, rosettes, beams, etc. this new component is dyed dark and its open interior holds a series of bronze skylights that provide ambiance to the space, guide the guests, and mark the milestones that will accompany their path (doors, mirrors, sinks…).



the primary spaces of the guesthouse are of course the bedrooms, which will be for short stays, very compact but providing maximum comfort. the integration of the bathroom into the bedroom space is one of the keys to alter the perception of the limited space available. 

architects renovate a 19th-century guesthouse in barcelona designboom





architects renovate a 19th-century guesthouse in barcelona designboom




architects renovate a 19th-century guesthouse in barcelona designboom



architects renovate a 19th-century guesthouse in barcelona designboom


project info:


architecta: coma arquitecturalucía millet (ciertoestudio)

location: barcelona

photography: marta vidal


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edited by: maria erman | designboom

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