As the first residents move into Girona 2 – better-known to experts as Casa Enric i Victorià de la Riva – the period property once again fulfils its original purpose as a private apartment building.
Set within Barcelona’s coveted Eixample district, Girona 2 is a must-see on the Sagnier Route – a route highlighting the acclaimed architect Enric Sagnier’s most iconic masterpieces in the city.
A BOLD VENTURE IN THE HEART OF EIXAMPLE
The main challenge that this restoration and refurbishment project posed was how to rework the space to meet the demands of modern-day living while respecting the legacy of this master architect.
One way this was achieved was by retaining several key original features, such as the wrought-iron motifs that embellish the balcony railings (crafted by Aragonese ironwork artist Manuel Ballarín i Lancuentra) and the cupola’s zinc outer shell (supplied by the Royal Asturian Company). In order to honour the layout first-envisaged by Sagnier himself, interior designers at estudio vilablanch recovered and carefully studied the building’s original floor plans.
The building’s interior underwent a full-scale renovation to create 19 well-designed and modern apartments: 16 arranged over the building’s original four floors and three newly built penthouses.
PENTHOUSE LIVING IN EIXAMPLE
Girona 2’s three penthouse apartments form the crown of this historic listed building, yet they have a strikingly modern feel. Spacious, comfortable and filled with natural light, each penthouse boasts a generous balcony that offers both far-reaching views out over some of the city’s most iconic landmarks and the perfect place to relax and unwind under the Barcelona sunlight.
SAGNIER; A PROLIFIC ARCHITECT WITH A HIGH REGARD FOR FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
Enric Sagnier is a key figure in late nineteenth- and early-twentieth century Catalan architecture. A contemporary of Antoni Gaudí, Lluís Domènech i Montaner and Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Sagnier was as prolific as he was versatile. His legacy includes a wide range of projects from major institutional buildings and apartment buildings for the city’s upper and middle classes, to churches and chapels among others. Methodical in his approach, he valued function over the florid excesses of the age.
Out of over 300 documented Sagnier buildings in Barcelona, some of the finest examples include the Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the summit of Mount Tibidabo, the Palace of Justice and the New Customs Building in Puerto de Barcelona.
A 19th- CENTURY BUILDING BOASTING 21st-CENTURY FINISHES
The finishes in each apartment offer carefully crafted reinterpretations of the original designs, with the carpentry, mouldings and cornices all faithful reproductions of typical nineteenth-century detailing.
Herringbone parquet, a distinctive feature of Sagnier’s buildings, is featured throughout (Listone Giordano, French oak), while the kitchens are all by Bulthaup and fitted with state-of-the-art Gaggenau appliances.
Girona 2 is one of the few private apartment buildings in Eixample to boast two swimming pools: an outdoor pool on the rooftop terrace (8 m by 3 m) and an indoor one in the basement (4 m by 2.5 m). The roof terrace, complete with a decked and landscaped area, was carefully designed to allow residents to enjoy Barcelona’s balmy climate to the full. Meanwhile the basement – designed with well-being and relaxation in mind – offers residents a fitness area and a wine cellar, with a space exclusively reserved for each apartment.