A family building that originally dates on XVII-XVIII centuries and which had suffered several interventions. The floor plan was used for many years as a blacksmith workshop, what gives to the building a special character. The time going by and the lack of maintenance have caused that the building presented a bad state of preservation, what means that otherwise repaired, it could be degraded in a short period of time.

name of the project: Ca Marcelo
location: Vila-Seca, Tarragona, España
promoter: Private
architect: Guillem Carrera
structure: Francesc Gorgas, Windmill Structural Consultants SLP
ollaborators: Eva Crespo, Meritxell Anglès, Xavier Foraste, Daniel Marcelo, T80 Arquitectura Tècnica.
constructor: Construccions Plana, Construcciones Andrés Cintas SLU, Baumester SL
subcontract: Oleguer Roigé Instal·lacions, Florentin Ebanistas SL, Luxiform Il·luminació SL.
project’s year: 2006 (phase 1), 2009 (phase 2), 2018 (phase 3)
end of construction: 2020
surface: 363 m2
photograph: Filippo Poli – filippopoli.com
awards and recognitions: Winner Architecture Masterprize 2021, Best Project Archilovers 2021

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It is projected a rehabilitation in several phases, starting by the roof, continuing to facades and terrace, and ending by the indoors, with the will of renovating the building respecting its antiquity and its character.

The building was characterized by having a messy interior, very compartmentalized and without any order with the vertical communication stairs. On this matter, the intervention prioritize the order, in the interior and facade. Stairs are joined in a communication space located in one side of the building, which benefits the reorganization of the rest of spaces and gives more entity and more light to the hall in each plan.

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In facade, the openings are regularized, always maintaining those distinguishing elements, as balconies, wrought iron railing, iron pieces which were used to change horseshoes, or the stone in the building corner, which had the function of separating the carriages sufficiently when turning.

The floor plan is rehabilitated maintaining those elements that remind it was a blacksmith workshop. On this matter, the hall and the multipurpose space are separated by an antique wrought iron door, which was originally located on the facade of the building.  On this floor are also kept the old walls without any facing, leaving in sight the traces that time and the different interventions have manifested on the walls and in the structure.

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First floor, second floor and the rooftop are unified to create an illuminated and comfortable home, arranging the resulting spaces from rehabilitation and improving the windows locations on existing facades. First plan includes the main rooms for the family members, the second floor is arranged by a large day space and in the last floor there is the study space, the laundry room, a pair of rooms and the terrace.

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The result is a comfortable and contemporary house, spatially well organized, without resigning from its historical character.


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Guillem Carrera, Tarragona (1979), architect, studies at the Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, where he is licensed in 2004.

In 2005, he opened an architecture, landscape design, interior design, restoration and rehabilitation studio.

Recently, the studio’s projects have been recognized in the Architecture Masterprize Awards (2021, 2020), Architizer A+ Awards (2021), Best Project Archilovers (2021, 2019), Dezeen Awards (2019), Smart Technology Forum (2019), Premio de Arquitectura de Ladrillo (2022) and in the Alejandro de la Sota Biennial (2021, 2009).

His achievements have been published in industry magazines, architecture books and specialized national and international web platforms, and he has been invited to give lectures at institutions and universities.

He has also participated as an external jury in critical sessions at universities and as a member of the main jury in international architecture and landscape competitions.

“The possibility of participating in two very important aspects of society such as architecture and urbanism, and in extension, the conception of buildings, spaces or habitable environments in a way that respects the places and the environment that surrounds them, and the benefits that these can contribute to people, are my motivation as an architect.”


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