Step into an absolutely stunning Barcelona estate with its own glass pavilion | Architectural Summary


Over the years, the interiors of this 1915 mansion, located in the heart of Barcelona, ​​have continued to evolve, thanks in large part to the different generations of the same family who have continuously inhabited the space. The current resident, who lived in the enchanting estate as a child, returned to the house after his marriage to begin a new chapter in his life. To help revamp and revitalize the grand residence, he turned to designer David Lawrence and architect Carlos Garciavelez de Carlos David.

“The original design was like a slimmed down version, it was very traditional,” Lawrence said. “There were a lot of darker colors, carpets and furniture. As homeowners evolved, they wanted their home to be a little cleaner. Or, “lighter and airier,” as Garciavelez puts it.

The current residents happen to be two avid art collectors whose thoughtful collection showcases Spanish and Catalan artists. The colorful artwork the couple owns helped shape Lawrence and Garciavelez’s vision.

“Our intention was to create serene, neutral spaces that provide layers of comfort without distracting from the art – or the intricate stone and lacquer detailing of the interior architecture,” says Lawrence. “We have strived to achieve this by using silk and cashmere fabrics, mixed with antiques ranging from the 18th century to the mid-20th century.” Ultimately, these elements are, notes the designer, “peacefully settled among the prominent works of Joan Miró, Antoni Tàpies, Josep Guinovart and Xavier Valls”.

But as much as the story of this house is a story of art and decoration, it is also a story based on impressive architecture. On the grounds of the estate, a glass pavilion addition can only stand out.

“This addition was designed to provide a sanctuary away from the daily grind of the main house,” says Lawrence. “[It’s] a peaceful place where our client can spend time in the company of his books and nature.” The pavilion was a real passion project for the owner and for Garciavelez, who took a lot of inspiration from the Barcelona pavilion, designed by Mies van der Rohe and Lilly Reich.

Remarkably, the construction of the Glass Pavilion took only eight months. It even worked from a distance of around 4,000 miles.


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