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From the dilapidated remains of an old dry cleaning shop wedged between two buildings in Barcelona, Spain has risen a modern split-level family home brimming with historic character. Carles Enrich architects transformed the shop, which was abandoned and littered with debris, organizing it around a central patio and turning a storage room into a satellite studio.

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The architects gutted the interior and reclaimed materials from the party walls to create the brick and wood beam ceiling. Stripped of paint, the walls on either side become major architectural focal points in a space that is now bright, open, and modern, with a suspended loft in the center that acts more as a large piece of built-in furniture than a room.

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All the partitions that previously enclosed individual rooms were removed, except for the walls around the bathroom, so that inhabitants can maintain visual contact with the green space outside no matter where they are in the home. The loft, primarily consisting of Flanders pine and metal beams, is filled with built-in drawers, shelves and closets.

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Glazed walls look out onto the patio, which features a vine-covered pergola providing shade and climate control. The greenery in this treasured space offers a private, tranquil natural environment within the dense urban surroundings of Barcelona.