Now for something spectacular. This luxury flat belonging to a young Danish and Catalan couple is a conversion of a 500 year old Sant Agustí convent building in a historic part of Barcelona. Here a magnificent monument of Gothic architecture meets purity of white tones and clean, modern furniture designs.
Elina Vilá and Agnès Blanch, two designers from the Spanish MINIM Studio, met challenges on this site, including quite bad structural condition of the building, and the question if to preserve only the original construction of the arches eliminating all the subsequent additions that occured throughout the centuries. In the end, due to their aesthetic value, all the elements added to the primary building were restored or, where necessary, reconstructed. The main aim was to revive the architectural beauty of the Gothic lines but keeping in mind the desire of the owners to create a neutral, minimalist space in a Scadinavian style, jazzed up by some high-quality modern furniture. The result – an interior that creates an unrivaled feeling of both grandiose and simplicity.
It’s worth noting that this space was once inhabited by Isabel Güell, the marchioness of Castelldosrius, and daughter of Eusebi Güell, the patron of architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudí actually did some restoration work on the housing and the oval gloriette that now serves as a children’s playground is of his own invention.