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Renovated loft in Barcelona brimming with industrial character

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This industrial loft is set in a neoclassical building built in 1930, completely transformed by Studio MINIM, located in the heart of Barcelona, Spain. The building was originally used as stables, a shelter in bombing, then as a printing press. Today its is a modern loft consisting of 8,611 square feet (800 square meters), spread out over two spacious levels. The project entailed transforming this living space, recycling elements as much as possible, both structure and the owner’s original furnishings. The overall aesthetic needed to respect the characteristics of an authentic loft: a unique and open space with an industrial look.

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The house is a large rectangular area with windows on both sides and brick columns. The entrance hall leads into an open plan living space of 1,076 square feet (100 square meters)—living room, kitchen, dining room, office and several living areas. The lower floor is the bedrooms and bathrooms area. The renovation consisted of recovering the original structure and opening new gaps to bring in natural light. The materials have been respected to the maximum and the restoration has been manual. The ground up to three previous floors was removed and the mortar was removed from the walls.

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The windows are of metal carpentry; the pre-frames, of structural iron; and the doors of the rooms, fireproof. A double roof was installed with an air chamber to have an optimum and ecological air conditioning, enhanced with oil radiators and heated towel rails. Natural lighting is abundant and comes from large windows, skylights and patios.

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What We Love: The design of this loft space has materialized the owner’s wishes: to take advantage of and adapt all the furniture of his old house, including his unique pieces and collections of different objects from all over the world. Nothing was added or discarded. The interiors are spacious and elevated, creating an overall warm, comfortable and welcoming living environment.

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Photos: Nuevo Estilo

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