Recover and Enhance – Barcelona

Casa Burés has been restored and re-imagined by Vilablanch to feature a host of modern fixtures and furnishings that don’t compete with or imitate the original ones.
Studio Vilablanch refurbished all 26 Casa Bures apartments in the building, ranging from vast living quarters with frescoed ceilings, to more pared back, white-walled flats. They opted for an elegant and sophisticated interior design that recovers and enhances the valuable decorative elements that are part of the history.
The six-floor building was erected at the beginning of the 20th century by Spanish architect Francesc Berenguer i Mestres and takes its name from its first proprietor, Francesc Bures – a wealthy businessman who owned several textile companies.
Despite gaining listed status in 1979, over the years Casa Bures had been vandalised and fallen into a state of disrepair. Vilablanch therefore worked alongside locally based firm TDB Arquitectura to completely restore existing features and make it functional enough to suit modern life.
Furnishings come in the form of minimal white sectional-sofas and jewel-tone velvet armchairs, while stainless-steel cabinetry has been installed in the kitchens. The ground level, which Burés once used as a production space for textiles, has been converted into three loft-style apartments with a strong industrial personality.

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