A garage converted into an actual loft

Seeing this today loft located in an early 20th century building in Barcelona, It’s hard to believe that for years its walls only held cars, model airplane parts and junk. The studio that has achieved this successful reconversion has been SIRËE, with interior designer Desirée García Paredes at the head of the project, who confesses that when she was offered the possibility of transforming this old garage, she did not hesitate for a moment: “the space was perfect to accommodate its dynamic, young and modern owner”. But, although the conditions of this habitat were not at all compatible with life, its industrial essence had a lot of charm and one of the main objectives was to preserve it.

The premises had a peculiar triangular floor plan of 60m2 that the studio solved by placing two rooms in the corners: in one, the bathroom and, in the other, a dressing room. The rest of the open space is distributed thanks to a wooden module that also manages to multiply the square metres. Inside is the entrance with a wardrobe for storing coats. Right in front, the kitchen, which conserves one of the walls in exposed brick and an old work table found in the garage. As we turn, we see a staircase that contains a shelf under it and leads to the upper part where the bedroom is.

To preserve the charm of the past, the materials used during the renovation “have been chosen in such a way that any of them could have been used at the time the building was constructed,” explains Desirée. Among them, the hydraulic tile, which delimits as a decorative carpet the area of the kitchen; the marble of Macael or the pickled wood. To unify the spaces, all the walls and ceilings were painted white. The sentimental part is provided by the decorative pieces from the owner’s family that have been combined with many plants to get the gardens around the house inside.

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