Home in Mitre (2016) by Bajet Giramé located in Barcelona, Spain | The Hardt
Home in Mitre (2016) by Bajet Giramé located in Barcelona, Spain. The project consists of remaking a home in a 1970’s apartment in Barcelona. The former spaces were based on program requirements resulting in a series of small rooms and corridors with predefined functions. Those spaces were shaped by non-load bearing walls given its ‘properly modern‘ free plan. However, columns, beams, and slabs were concealed within the internal partitions as shameful bones. The aim of the project was to make the apartment again (remake it), with a significant setting and character changes. This would be achieved two-fold: by unveiling the hidden qualities of the 70’s architecture and by defining a new series of suggestive settings.
The project endows the former idea of free plan, but exposes it ‘as found’ leaving its (‘modern’) steel columns and beams freestanding with their rough welds, as well as uncovering the (traditional) gentle ceiling vaults; enhancing very specific qualities of the construction means of those 1970’s in Barcelona. This way an ‘infrastructural space’ is defined, as a permanent envelope in which smaller and temporary interventions will arrange ‘inhabitable settings’. A series of timber pieces are displayed within that envelope stressing the divorce between space and structure. Their shape, size, and material qualities suggest places to be lived-in, from the sheltered interior of a paneled room to the gathering central space of the house.
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