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CRÜ transforms public laundry into La Clara home in Barcelona

Spanish structure studio CRÜ has remodelled an previous public laundry right into a home and studio for a pair in west Barcelona.

Referred to as La Clara, the undertaking within the district of Les Corts is shortlisted in the home renovation class of the Dezeen Awards 2023.

Metal-clad home with a tiled patio in Barcelona by CRÜ
CRÜ has remodeled a laundry into a house known as La Clara

To reconfigure the previous floor flooring laundry into a house, CRÜ launched a two-storey quantity to the rear. In the meantime, a studio house was created on the entrance of the plot.

These new volumes are positioned round two courtyards and a glazed hall, which acts as a transitional house between the studio and the remainder of the house.

Exterior of a remodelled La Clara huose in Barcelona by CRÜ
A studio house is positioned on the entrance of the positioning

CRÜ’s design for La Clara goals to hook up with the historical past and reminiscences related to the previous laundry by celebrating the “effervescent rawness” of the prevailing constructing cloth.

“All current partitions and stairs are undressed to indicate solely the entrails, to recuperate the stench of cleaning soap and gossip,” stated CRÜ.

Exterior of a La Clara home in Barcelona by CRÜ
Present parts of the unique constructing have been retained

“This aesthetic alternative imparts a way of continuity and rawness, reinforcing the undertaking’s connection to the previous laundry,” the studio continued.

A key side of CRÜ’s intervention was the positioning of the 2 central courtyards.

The bigger courtyard separates the studio from the personal home to the rear, whereas the smaller one attracts gentle into the bedrooms.

“The central courtyards, or voids, are a key side of the design,” defined the studio. “[They offer] an modern resolution to supply pure gentle and air flow to every room whereas visually and spatially separating private and non-private areas.”

Courtyard with a glass home extension in Barcelona by CRÜ
Two courtyards characteristic inside

Inside, La Clara contains an open-plan residing and eating room and three bedrooms.

Trowelled concrete is used all through the bottom flooring and teamed with uncovered brick partitions, concrete beams, white steel trusses and ducting.

Open-plan living room with a brick wall and ceiling with exposed metal structure
Uncovered brick partitions and concrete beams characterise the interiors

A brick staircase tucked behind the kitchen cabinetry results in the principle bed room on the higher storey. Clad in corrugated steel sheeting on its exterior facades, the room gives views into each courtyards.

CRÜ is a Spanish studio based by Joan Astallé and Clàudia Raurell in 2014. Elsewhere in Barcelona, the studio created an condominium that mixes totally different terracotta textures.

Different dwellings in Barcelona featured on Dezeen embody a live-work residence for a gallery proprietor in a former manufacturing unit and an condominium divided with a 21-metre-long picket wall.

The images is by Adrià Goula.


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