This modern-day villa sits comfortably in the heart of Gracia; offering the versatility of a three-bedroom house, with the convenience of inner-city living. Nestled unassumingly between two buildings, this property is a rare find. A true jewel in the centre of Barcelona’s coveted Gracia district.
Not only is Gracia popular for its food markets, independent shops, and friendly social atmosphere, it’s also well connected with public transport links to the rest of the city; this property is located just meters away from Fontana metro station. m-i-r-a architects have created a comfortable, stylish, and perfectly-optimised living space by carefully combining cutting-edge techniques and modern materials, whilst resourcefully conserving the charm, elegance, and history of the original property. An entirely new floor has been added to the property topped with a sizeable terrace providing invaluable outdoor space - especially rare and desirable considering the villa’s central location.
The sand-coloured façade has all the quintessential beauty of a classic Catalan townhouse: a terracotta-tiled front step, natural-wood door, charming balcony window, and neat pine-framed windows. The recently-built second floor blends in seamlessly, both with the property itself and those either side of it. Fishbone tiling has been artfully used on this section; attractively and sympathetically coloured to integrate with the neighbouring buildings.
The ground floor consists of a generously-sized reception room, bathroom, and spacious kitchen-diner which leads out onto a large private patio. A traditional colour scheme complements the preserved original features, whilst fresh, white touches bring a sense of modernity to the ground floor. Brown wooden beams peek through the white vaulted Catalan ceiling, and the use of terracotta and teal creates a feel that is welcoming and homely.
A white stairwell stands as a channel through the centre of the house; combining original brickwork with modern, crisp, angular shapes. It is bathed in natural light, and allows movement to flow freely through the property, getting gradually brighter as it leads to the upper levels. The first floor is home to a charming, bright double bedroom, with an airy balcony that looks over the street. A bathroom is positioned next to the stairwell, and at the back of the property there is a second well-sized bedroom with views onto the patio.
Moving up onto the second, recently added floor, visitors are met by large wooden windows at the front of the house. These follow the shape of the walls, starting at floor level, running up the walls, and curving onto the ceiling. They welcome light from many angles, and views of the sky are always visible, imitating the sensation of being outside. Another bathroom and a third bedroom complete this level.
The large roof terrace is both secluded and tranquil. The fishbone tiling flows over from the outside of the property, forming a cohesive link between the façade and this exterior space. Again, the colours are sympathetic to the traditional Catalan palette and the surrounding properties; there are no harsh lines, contrasting boundaries or disconnected ideas to interrupt this elegant outdoor area.