fad awards 2019/ spain and portugal. selected
the plan awards 2019/ international. selected
catalunya construcció award 2019/ catalonia, selected
dezeen awards 2019/ international. shortlisted apartment interiors
arquitectura plus awards 2019/ spain. finalist housing interiors
tile of spain award 2019/ spain. honourable mention, interiors
frame awards 2020/ international. awarded, small apartment of the year
surface design awards 2020/ international. finalist, housing interior
xv spanish architecture and urbanism biennial (beau) 2021/ finalist
mies van der rohe award 2022/ europe. nominee

address/ carrer vallirana 47, barcelona
surface area/ 490 m2
project/ 2017
construction/ 2017-2018

project architect/ vora (pere buil, toni riba)
project team/ alex etxeberria, quim olea, lorenz kraut, pol bosch, veronika halo
structure/ eskubi-turró arquitectes
services/ quadrifoli
budget control/ gerard codina

building coordination architect/ vora (pere buil
building management/ gerard codina
contractor/ metric integra
client/ pontejos. conservación y preservación

photographs/ adrià goula

vallirana 47 is a quite anonymous and discreet building. its value doesn´t lie within any singular identity, but in the sense of continuity of an epoch. the work consists of the refurbishment of 5 of the 6 dwellings in the building, and the common spaces.

aroused by the idea of intervention of the client “pontejos (conservation and preservation)”, we brought the project to a high level of hybridization between the new and the old, to which we had never arrived before. we worked with the identity of the building in a way that is both continuous and disruptive, with a respectful and at the same time playful attitude.

the new spatial arrangement is superimposed to the existing one in an expressive way, through friction and displacement. pavements and ceilings incorporate the order and hierarchy of the original spaces, while the partitions collect, at the same time, part of this memory and its transformation.

the new material additions hybridize with the pre-existing in its detailing and ornament. many materials and elements of the building were reused, which maintain its atmospheric continuity. everything that was added, links with this continuity from the most tactile aspects to the most abstract ones: glazed tiles, application of graphic patterns extracted from the building's grids, wall papers, etc ... in this sensory approach, it was also incorporated the stratification of qualities that characterized the residential buildings of that time, specifically in the detail of some coatings and elements.

finally, we built a density of layers of perception and information in the interiors, which provides complexity and vibration. meaningful vibration for those who want to interpret it, which at the same time generates visual comfort, deliberately away from the smooth and anonymous surfaces, so the future tenants will feel at home from the first day.

selection fad awards 2019
selection the plan awards 2019
selection catalunya construcció award 2019
shortlisted dezeen awards 2019
finalist arquitectura plus awards 2019
finalist surface design awards 2020
mention tile of spain award 2019
awarded frame awards 2020
finalist xv beau 2021
nominee mies van der rohe award 2022

the refurbishment of vallirana 47 is based on the idea of hybridization. we worked in a way that is both continuous and disruptive.

the interiors contain a density of layers of perception and information, which provides meaningful complexity and vibration.