Casa Grases · Restoration and Interior architecture / Barcelona / Barcelona

The vilablanch studio carries out the interior architecture project of a listed building from the 18th century in Barcelona, which has been transformed into four unique homes. The project, commissioned by Culmia, recovers the original elements of the building -in disuse since 2002- and adapts the spaces to the needs of functionality, distribution and comfort of today's life, with a contemporary language.

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The building

The vilablanch studio is carrying out the interior architecture project of an 18th century building located in the Sarrià neighborhood of Barcelona, ​​which is suitable for residential use. It is a cataloged building,  in the Noucentiste-style, made up of different bodies, including a large porticoed gallery. The building, which was owned by Bonaventura Grases Hernández, was renovated in 1888 by Josep Arnau y Piera but is currently in disuse and quite damaged.

Bonaventura Grasses bought it in 1885 and carried out a series of works to turn it into a comfortable house: enlargement of the residential area, execution of paintings in the main hall, construction of galleries, conversion of the chapel, etc. Bonaventura resided on the farm until December 1930, the date of his death.

A lawyer by profession, he was also a notable collector of sacred art. His private collection was remarkable and works from his artistic collection were part of various national and international exhibitions. The wall paintings that decorate the main hall are one of the most outstanding elements of Casa Grases. They were made in 1888, with the reform that was carried out. It was very common at that time the use or imitation of older and well-known models. The sgraffito on the south façade are another clear example of this same attitude which - rather than looking for novelty or originality - seemed to want to reaffirm the intrinsic value attributed to the already known works.

The project

Vilablanch is carrying out the integral restoration and interior architecture of the historic building of Casa Grases which is transformed into three unique homes - in them an interior design concept will be applied focused on recovering the original essence of the building with a contemporary language - and the project of interior architecture of a fourth dwelling that will be located in a new-build single-family house that stands next to the main building. The vilablanch studio is also in charge of developing the interior design of all the common areas of the project (hall, stairs, swimming pools, garages...).

The conceptualization and integral development of the interior architecture of this project includes a meticulous work of recovering the original elements of great architectural and patrimonial value, as well as a detailed choice of the different materials and finishes. The pavements, coatings, colors (of walls, floors ...), kitchens, bathrooms, doors, handles, railings, lighting, furniture and so on, are always chosen based on the agreed interior design concept and the key strategy of the project. The spaces of the different homes have been distributed taking into account contemporary needs and uses, a fact that has implied adapting pavements, ceilings and other existing elements, to the new locations and to the new proportions.


Next, we show you some images of the state of the building before starting the long transformation process.

Developer: Culmia
Architecture: GCA Architects
Interior Architecture: Estudio vilablanch
Management and execution: Malgosa & Delgado ArqTec
Landscaping: Valentina Greselin
Construction company: Calaf
Historian: Montse Villaverde
Restorer: Ahintzina Saez
Photographs: © estudio vilablanch