The Casa Burés refurbishment project is recognised by some of the most prestigious interior design awards

The refurbishment of Casa Burés, an elaborate and meticulous project in which dozens of professionals and craftspeople participated, is now being recognised by multiple panels of renowned experts from around the world. 

Completed this year, Casa Burés has already won or been nominated for some of the sector’s most prestigious awards at ceremonies hosted in Milan, London and Madrid. 

The refurbishment project at Casa Burés, headed up by Bonavista Developments, lasted more than three years. Listed in 1979 as a cultural heritage site, Casa Burés was designed by architect Francesc Berenguer i Mestres – who worked closely with Gaudí – and became a veritable treasure trove of unique masterpieces: its interior design, furnishings, lighting, paintwork, windows, sculptured panels and mosaics were all crafted by some of the most acclaimed artists of the early 20th century.

One of the main challenges was striking the perfect balance between preserving as many of the building’s original modernist features as possible and introducing modern day comforts and state-of-the-art design. Original paintings, miniature floor tiles, century-old doors, the original lift and a life-size sculpture of a bear, which welcomed residents when the property was first built, are now effortlessly coupled with the latest in modern kitchens and contemporary furniture.

This challenge was met head-on both by the Vilablanch interior design studio, headed up by Agnès Blanch and Elina Vilá – specialists in restoring properties with a distinguished heritage – and the TDB Arquitectura team, with Juan Tiras de Bes leading the full-scale refurbishment project.

“Winning or being a finalist at these internationally acclaimed awards pays a great tribute to the vision and hard work that has gone into restoring this immensely valuable building, which had sadly fallen into disrepair”, said Bonavista Developments: “It also recognises the interior design project which struck the perfect balance between history and cutting-edge design”,

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Casa Burés won first prize in the “Private Housing Interior” category at the 2019 Archmarathon Selection Awards in Milan

On 16 March, the interior design project for Casa Burés won first prize in the Private Housing Interior category at the 2019 Archmarathon Selection awards in Milan. The judging panel awarded this Project first prize “for demonstrating a clear understanding of the existing building, for its sound use of materials and for showing outstanding ability to create contemporary living spaces”. 

Finalist at the 2019 WIN Awards in the residential interior design category

The interior design project for one of the loft apartments at Casa Burés has been listed as a finalist at the current edition of the World Interiors News Awards (WIN Awards). The winners will be announced during a gala ceremony to be held on 24 October in London. 

These prestigious awards, which projects from all over the world are vying for, comprise ten categories recognising the efforts of designers and interior designers, in projects ranging from the interior design of homes, hotels, leisure venues and transport facilities, to product design. 

The project was commissioned by the owner of the building to Kirsten Schwalgien Design, a multicultural studio comprising interior designers and product and transport designers, with 15 years of experience in interior design of homes and yachts. 

Finalista del SBID international Design Award 

The same loft at Casa Burés has been selected as a finalist at the SBID International Design Awards, in the “Residential apartment under £1M” category.

The SBID International Design Awards is an unmissable event in the calendar for design professionals. Consisting of a wide range of categories, these awards recognise and reward excellence in design around the world.

The awards ceremony will take place on 25 October in London.

Finalist at the 2019 Dezeen Awards, in the “Apartment Interior” category, in the Interior Design section.

The entire interior design project at Casa Burés has been selected as a finalist at the 2019 Dezeen Awards, in the “Apartment Interior” category. The winners will be announced at a gala on 30 October in London.

This is the second edition of the Dezeen Awards, a prestigious event organised by Dezeen, a well-renowned architecture and interior design magazine in the United Kingdom. 

This edition of the awards received a total of 4,500 projects from 87 countries. The winners will be selected by a judging panel comprising 16 architects and designers, including Philippe StarckMatali Crasset and Nelly Ben Hayoun.

Finalist at the 2019 Arquitectura Plus Awards in the “Best Residential Interior Design Project” category

Casa Burés is a finalist in the “Best Residential Interior Design Project” category, at the fifth edition of the Arquitectura Plus Awards. The winners of these awards for architecture and interior design will be announced at a gala in Madrid on 27 November, organised by Grupo Vía.

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Casa Burés

Casa Burés was built by Catalan architect Francesc Berenguer i Mestres between 1900 and 1905, and is one of Barcelona’s most beautiful modernist jewels. The building has 7.700 square meters distributed over six floors, and it is listed and enjoys the highest protection category as cultural heritage since 1979. Vilablanch studio specialises in the restoration of housing with high heritage value, and that is one of the reasons it was selected for Casa Burés interior design project, considering that all its modernist architectural and interior original elements are protected and had to be respected and restored. The Vilablanch team, under the direction of its founding partners Agnès Blanch and Elina Vilà, defined three interior design concepts for this residential building (26 properties) matching the intrinsic qualities of each existing space, and defined the project materials and finishes, designing as well the new added elements (pavements, coatings, colours, kitchens, bathrooms, doors, handles, railings, lighting project, furniture, etc). The interior project strategy had two goals, to recover and highlight the building’s original decorative elements, and to adapt the housing to contemporary functional needs in terms of distribution, technology and daily life comfort. While original materials like the “nolla” mosaic pavement, the polychrome ceilings and the rich mouldings have been respected and restored using traditional artisanal techniques, the new added colour and materials are clearly di erentiated and do not imitate neither compete with the modernist ones.

Vilablanch Studio specialises in the restoration of housing with high heritage value.

Casa Burés è stata costruita dagli architetti Miquel Pascual e Francesc Berenguer tra il 1900 e il 1905, ed è uno dei più straordinari gioielli dell’architettura modernista di Barcellona. L’edificio ha una superficie di 7.000 metri quadrati distribuiti su oltre sei piani, e dal 1979 è stato inserito nell’elenco degli immobili soggetti a tutela del patrimonio culturale. Lo studio Vilablanch è specializzato nella ristrutturazione di spazi abitativi di particolare pregio artistico ed è questa una delle ragioni per cui è stato scelto per progettare gli interni di Casa Burés, anche in considerazione del fatto che tutti gli elementi originali appartenenti all’architettura modernista sono protetti e devono essere rispettati negli interventi di recupero. Il team di Vilablanch, sotto la direzione delle socie fondatrici Agnès Blanch ed Elina Vilà, ha ideato tre concept di interior design per questo edificio residenziale (26 unità), in armonia con le qualità intrinseche dei singoli spazi esistenti, e ha scelto i materiali e le finiture del progetto realizzando anche i nuovi elementi (pavimentazioni, rivestimenti, colori, cucine, bagni, porte, maniglie, ringhiere, sistemi di illuninazione, arredi). Il concetto alla base del design degli interni aveva due obiettivi: da un lato, recuperare e valorizzare gli elementi decorativi originali dell’edificio; dall’altro, adattare le unità abitative alle esigenze funzionali di oggi a livello di divisione degli spazi, tecnologia e comfort quotidiano. Mentre gli elementi originali come il pavimento a mosaico “nolla”, i soffitti policromatici e le ricche modanature sono stati rispettati e restaurati attraverso l’impiego di tecniche artigianali tradizionali, i nuovi colori e i materiali integrati nel progetto sono chiaramente di erenziati, senza mai ricadere nel tentativo di imitare o competere con gli elementi dell’architettura modernista.

ELINA VILÁ AND AGNÈS BLANCH FOUNDED THEIR INTERIOR DESIGN STUDIO IN BARCELONA IN 1999. SINCE THEN, THE STUDIO HAS CARRIED OUT A BROAD RANGE OF INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS FOR RESIDENTIAL, OFFICE, AND COMMERCIAL SPACES, AND HAS ORGANICALLY GROWN A FIRST-RATE TEAM OF 14 ARCHITECTS AND INTERIOR DESIGNERS.
ELINA VILÁ E AGNÈS BLANCH HANNO FONDATO IL LORO STUDIO DI INTERIOR DESIGN A BARCELLONA NEL 1999. DA ALLORA, LO STUDIO HA CURATO UN’AMPIA VARIETÀ DI PROGETTI DI ARCHITETTURA DI INTERNI PER EDILIZIA RESIDENZIALE, UFFICI E SPAZI COMMERCIALI E NEL TEMPO È CRESCIUTO FINO A DIVENTARE UNA PRESTIGIOSA STRUTTURA CON
UN TEAM DI 14 PERSONE, TRA ARCHITETTI ED INTERIOR DESIGNER.

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El renacer de la Casa Burés.

El edificio construido entre 1900 y 1905 por Francesc Berenguer i Mestres está sometido a un completo proceso de remodelación.

Restauración por todo lo alto. La Casa Burés, sita en el chaflán de Ausiàs March y Girona, vive sumergida en unas obras que le darán una nueva vida. Tras varias tentativas fallidas, el edificio construido entre 1900 y 1905 por Francesc Berenguer i Mestres, colaborador de Antonio Gaudí, está en manos de Bonavista Developements que desde un principio ha querido conservar su uso residencial y recuperar todo su esplendor.

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