A crumbling and deteriorating 18th-century flat in the middle of Barcelona has found new life in the hands of architect Benedetta Tagliabue. Tagliabue has allowed the history and original structure of the house to inspire her designs without creating a single sketch or model. Most of the rooms in the house are situated around a center patio which creates plenty of natural light. The diagonal paths of colorful Andalusian tile throughout each room (see baldosa hidráulica) are an interpretation of the suns rays . And during the remodeling process, beautiful 18th century decorative murals were discovered after peeling away some of the walls. I can see how the architect let the house speak for itself. It’s truly a treasure!
(images by Gunnar Knechtel, via Dwell)
wow, this looks amazing!
These interiors are gorgeous.the top two really are out of this world.
love, love, love!!! I want to live there 🙂
good lord i wanna live there
Ok, seriously is this a house? A real house??? It’s dreamy and exotic! All these plats and textures and colors are just perfect! I want so badly such a house!!
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I would love to restore a home like that. A challenge, but rewarding! Teri
This is everything my apartment is not. Sigh.
These are beautiful! I can’t believe there were no sketches done prior to the renovations…
Eesh, if only I could have this place! Hopefully with a blue pool, though 😛
Gorgeousness all around!
completely gorgeous, what a gem
So beautiful! And I loooove Barcelona. This place is magical!
wow so glad Dwell Magazine covered this amazing space! Love that they are hunting down modern design in unlikely places. Thanks Dwell!
i absolutely adore spanish tile and the colors here are amazing, so glad they left original details
in dramatic fashion
Last year I had the honor of having a chat with Benedetta Tagliabue after a great lecture she gave. She showed us lots of photos of her projects in Barcelona and told us what was her idea about renovating old houses. When Enric Miralles and her worked together, they did greath things, but Benedetta is a master herself!
What a beautiful flat! I think I’d be frightened to live there and mess anything up, but it looks so homey at the same time as being impressive, amazing!
Beautitful, so exotic and yet modern looking!
I really like the tile in the second row of pics, this my be inspiration for my bathroom
That’s seriously hot. I’m trying not to be jealous here. 😀
I hope you realized your boo boo. Benedetta Tagliabue is a woman. If I’m not mistaken that’s her on the front of Dwell Magazine.
OUCH! That is one gorgeous home! I love love love it! the pool is hurting my eyes cause I cant swim in it…. Wow. Truly inspiring! XXOX way to go on finding this gem…
Wow these are beautiful!
Ahhh I wish my house looked like this!
wow this is amazing. there’s so much life and culture in the old building. it’s beautiful
This is…I just…wow, beautiful.
Wow what a fantastic pool x
What cool spaces.
I really love this kind of places, they give me a warm feeling and the sense that so many lovely things had happened there.
so pretty. I can’t stop staring at that green whoknowswhat that looks simultaneously like a pool and a path
The ceilings in pictures # 6 and #7 are absolutely amazing.
Wow it looks great!