In the Eixample district of Barcelona, Casa Bures has been recovered as a modern building for residential use. Overlapping heritage rehabilitation with housing rehabilitation, the renovation, undertaken by TDB Arquitectura, is an important milestone for the city in terms of intervention that preserves residential fabric, through a renewed look a the value of modern and traditional architecture.
Cara Bures was originally constructed between 1900 and 2905 by Francesc Berenguer y Mestres, a close collaborator of Gaudi. A total of 7,700 m2 of six storeys, the structure is listed as Heritage Protection Level B. Originally housing large dwellings of great architectural, heritage and ornamental value, the building was in an advanced state of deterioration.
TDB Arquitectura was tasked with recovering the iconic Catalan masterpiece and transforming it into a smaller residential building, adapted to meet contemporary requirements of functionality, distribution and habitability.
Conditions of conservations and particular elements of historic interest include Nolla pavements, polychrome ceilings, moldings, stained glass windows. The upgrade to housing required an update in technical conditions as required by current building regulations. Values of architectural heritage and compatibility with contemporary housing were carefully considered.
Key aspects of the restoration include maintenance of the vertical core of stairs and distribution corridors per floor. The original dwellings are subdivided from 3 units/floor to 6 units/floor, thus maintaining cross-ventilation through the interior courtyards.