Discover From Garage to House in Barcelona, Spain, a remarkable transformation by Judit Falgueras Arquitectura. This 1960s
Merging industrial, modern, and traditional styles, the project honors its origins with reused local wood beams and introduces modern elements like a new metal structure for enhanced stability. This fusion of historic charm and contemporary design creates a unique urban living experience.
About From Garage to House
Reviving a Vintage Industrial Space
In the 1960s, a village businessman, adept at wood extraction, constructed a modest industrial building. Initially a warehouse, this versatile space also functioned as a mechanic’s workshop and citywide parking lot.
A New Chapter Begins
Fast forward six decades, and a family, newcomers to the area, spotted potential in this neglected warehouse. They envisioned it as their future home.
The renovation centered on a new metal structure, establishing the first floor’s foundation. Additionally, the project entailed a complete roof overhaul. The deteriorating truss gave way to a Vierendel beam, brightening the second-floor study area. Remarkably, this new structure relied solely on the external walls and two points in the basement, ensuring a harmonious intervention without extensive reconstruction. The first-floor exterior featured timber framing and a lightweight wooden roof. Recognizing the original beams’ quality and local origin, the team repurposed them for the new roof. Wood from the old truss found new life as kitchen shelves, a dining table, and a ground-floor bathroom cabinet.
The home’s exterior walls and backyard facade received insulation, creating an energy-efficient shell. Roof openings were strategically placed to facilitate a chimney effect, enabling natural ventilation throughout.
On the ground floor, the layout includes a garage, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and a pantry transformed into additional garage storage. The open-plan living area connects seamlessly to the outdoors through terrace and patio windows. The first floor’s arrangement, dictated by the structural design, comprises a study area, three bedrooms, a gallery, and a bathroom.
This ambitious project not only rejuvenated the garage but also expanded it into a residential space, preserving its original character and feel.
Photography by Joan Guillamat