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Barcelona Printing Press Renovated Into Industrial-Chic Modern Loft
Posted By Andrew Michler On March 23, 2011 @ 1:00 am In Architecture,Daylighting,Design,Green Building,Green Interiors,Green renovation | 2 Comments
The allure of the old infused with the new could not be more pronounced in this studio retrofit of an aging printing press in downtown Barcelona. Minim Interior Architects subtly slipped modern elements into the rough brick plaster and concrete core to create a surprisingly light-filled and airy living space. The interior features a minimalist modern palette and a taste for antique furniture, daylight and honesty that reminded us of the Hotel Waterhouse  in Shanghai
The renovation focused on creating contrast, so the building’s rough walls have been left almost completely untouched . The 1930’s arched opening with its original hardwood and wrought iron doors has been preserved as well, although it now leads into modern glass stair transition. The stark white kitchen  helps illuminate the richly-textured brink and plaster walls. An old elevator shaft now serves as a light well, and skylights  allow daylight to penetrate the interior and shine down through embedded glass in the floors to enhance the depth of the space.
The loft-like space radiates outwards from a central core, with conduits and pipes exposed. The result is a kind of refined casualness that illuminates adaptive reuse  as a chic and environmentally-friendly form of design.
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URLs in this post:
 Minim Interior Architects : http://www.minim.es/en/studio/project/loft-en-barcelona-proyecto-interiorismo-reforma-vivienda
 Hotel Waterhouse: http://inhabitat.com/shanghais-hotel-waterhouse-is-a-striking-modern-renovation/
 untouched: http://inhabitat.com/sydney-transforms-waterworks-ruins-into-incredible-public-park/
 kitchen: http://inhabitat.com/5-tips-for-a-cleaner-greener-kitchen/
 skylights: http://inhabitat.com/daylighting/
 adaptive reuse: http://inhabitat.com/sustainable-materials/
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