The ground floor of the Casa Burés, one of the jewels of Catalan modernism, is home to a residence’s bold and unique. A sophisticated design and bourgeois that perfectly combines traditional architecture with contemporary design. Behind it, is the work of the renowned interior designer German Kirsten Schwalgien, who has renamed this space under the name of LoftBuresQaward-winning internationally with awards such as the German Design Award.
The task of Kirsten Schwalgien was not any, but it requires skill and care to transform respectfully a space loaded with historical value. Casa Burés, which is located in the Eixample district of Barcelona, was originally commissioned by mogul textile Catalan Francesc Burés in 1905 and built by Francesc Berenguer, a partner of Antoni Gaudí.
Walk around the building and go deep into its interior takes us on a journey through its striking facade, entrance, ornate, ceiling stained glass windows and a staircase carved into stone carved. With all these features so prominent, in 2014 it was purchased by Bonavista Developments and become 26 residential apartments. And it is here that fits the look of Kirsten Schwalgien Design, who received the task of converting the apartment on the ground floor in an elegant residence, with an air of masculine and timeless. And, since then, he managed to perfection.
Sophisticated, bourgeois modernism. It has it all, in addition to a unique design in each of its rooms. But it was not always such and as it looks now. Once the floor of the ground floor of 240m2 was the place that housed the carriages of the time, and where they stored agricultural products. Today, it has transformed into a loft apartment of two bedrooms with a versatile layout and open that keeps the iconic elements of her past, as required by the Department of Architectural Heritage of Barcelona, but also in line with the philosophy of Schwalgien.
Design details and experimental made to measure
But what is left of what was? The carriages no longer a part of the decoration of the room. On the contrary, to maintain certain characteristics that bring us closer to the beginning of the TWENTIETH century. For example, the current design maintains the wooden door of the original, carefully restored and all the beams and pillars remain uncovered, holding the ceiling (vaulted) and retaining the typical “Volta Catalana”.
What is not lacking in this building is the natural light covering the whole loft. A stream of windows industrial assure the isolation and enable the natural light is so important in the construction of architectural modernists.
“For me, it is very important to use durable materials and aged with grace, both for its sustainability, as well as because they allow you to provide designs with style and character own by using pure materials”. – Kirsten Schwalgien
The common element in the design of Kirsten Schwalgien is personalization; almost all the furnishings have been custom-designed to match the lifestyle and aesthetics of the customer’s personal, as well as with the context of the space. Schwalgien works with natural materials as much as possible, emphasizing highlight their unique characteristics inherent, a process that results in what she calls “unconventional beauty”.
The kitchen LoftBuresQ
In the kitchen of LoftBuresQ no missing the original character of the materials, for their purity and naturalness. The cabinets brown smoky are plated and treated to maintain the tactile quality of the original wood and emphasize their patterns of veins only.
The dining table: another example of a custom design
The spacious dining room, elegant and modern, is one of the strong points of this loft. Your table is another example of tailor-made design that features a brass cap vintage, raw, untreated, with each leg made with the main materials used in the loft (sheet tulipier and a sheet of brown smoked).
Spaces that stimulate the senses
Experimenting with finishes, innovative, design, alternate textures cold and warm, shiny and rough, soft and hard, to design spaces that stimulate the senses: in all, the loft, the sheet varnished open-pore creates a contrast successful with the original walls of brick, while in the soil combines microcement with parquet flooring.
Technology and avant-garde design
We can’t lose sight of your technology and cutting edge design. For example, the space features a LED system biodynamic integrated into the vaulted ceiling, the curtains and blinds that provide subtle lighting around the loft, or in a domotic system that receives information from various sensors to adapt the light, the color and brightness depending on the time of day.
A disruptive approach and out of the ordinary
The disruptive approach and out of the ordinary of Schwalgien maximizes constantly the space, privacy and aesthetics through the details of smart design, such as sliding doors, hidden and a system of air conditioning carefully hidden.
In the courtyard is full of light, an air duct is completely covered by a vertical garden; and the main bedroom is separated from the living room by a wooden structure in the form of a box which also houses a walk-in closet and a guest bathroom.
A modernist architecture, with over 100 years of history
The project perfectly combines historic architecture with modern design. A courtyard with a grand staircase separates the rooms. In it, the light comes pouring through the dome top, covered by a modernist style.
Art and creativity in every room
Other features bold and confident LoftBuresQ include works of art, collected and commissioned by Kristen Schwalgien Design, or the neon sign on the wall of the kitchen, which he says “May the bridges I burn light the way” (the bridges that I burn light the way).