The original two floor row house had to grow in height and in depth to adapt itself to its new owners. With this enlargement, the central part of the house was becoming far removed from the natural light coming from the facades.
From this observation, the work in the house was concentrated into its central part: a great light well has been excavated, three stories high. In the middle of this excavation is the staircase, making its way through the house and crossing the natural light that comes from above. This point concentrates all the circulations within house: smoke from the chimney and natural ventilation goes up, light and water go down, people go up and down.
A change of scale is experienced once inside this space: long diagonal views appear, up to 10 meters long, a surprise in the house. A large volume of air has been introduced inside a plot which seemed not to be able to contain it when seen from outside. Every room in the house participates in the light and crossed views of this space.
There is this almost theatrical way of moving thought the staircase, appearing and disappearing…When the staircase touches the ground, it becomes a kind of secret place. You disappear from sight and appear from under the arch, surprisingly…
|Programme:||Rehabilitation and extension of an existing worker-class row house with backyard, adding a new level on top and terrace.|
|Promoter/client:||Dolors and Juan Merino.|
|Architects:||Flores & Prats Archs, Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats.|
|Structural Adviser:||Agustí Obiol (BOMA).|
|Collaborators:||Eugenia Troncoso, Israel Hernando, Hernán Barbalace, Mar Garrido, José Bauer, Tanja Dietsch, Aljona Lissek, Malgorzata Martinek, Claire Palluel, Cinzia De Luca, Sara Gerber, Niels Toft, Mads Boserup, Jonny Pugh, Oriol Valls, Juan Antonio Membrive, Luciana Macaluso y Lucía Guerberoff.|
|Photography:||Duccio Malagamba, Hisao Suzuki, Àlex García.|
|Situation:||54 Providència Street, Badalona, Barcelona.|
|Area:||190 m_ covered, and 100m_ of terraces and courtyards.|
|Date of the Project:||2002.|
|Date of Construction:||2003-2006 and some furniture until spring 2008.|