This building is placed in the corner of two very narrow streets in the historical center of Barcelona.
It’s a fragment of a larger house of the old Jewish neighborhood, named the “Call”. The four floors are a result of the accumulation of volumes and of the re-utilization of architectural elements from the XIV through the XX century.
The basic idea of the renovation is to recuperate the presence of the original patio, through the demolition of those additions that pall it. The light that enters through the old windows and doors of the façades of the patio compensates the little light that enters from the street.
The divisions of the interiors are placed in diagonal with regard to the existing stone walls, as if they were pieces of furniture.
A stair of folded sheet corten steel that links the ground floor with the first, evokes the perrons of Medieval and Baroque palaces of the city and rescues the presence of the original stairway of the house, which is now missing. The arch doorways at the first level were the ancient entrance to the house. Though the position of the new stair is different from the original, it is still an evocation of the type of stairs that were used in such significant houses and courtyards. As it is separated from the walls, the stair seems to float in the patio although it is tied with steel bars to the pavement and the vertical walls.
Over a corner of the roof, a studio of triangular shape permits the sight of the Gothic steeples in the neighborhood.
With this transformation and restoration, this private client managed to recover, both for himself and for the city, the oldest house of the urban catalogue of Barcelona inside the old roman city.