Here is a home so resplendent in memory, in detailing, in expressiveness, and in artistry that it leaves visitors intoxicated.
Suzanne Wales, Dwell, February 2012
Never too late to revisit DWELL's piece – ARCH SUPPORT – on Barcelona 18th century flat conversion by Paperhouses architect Benedetta Tagliabue and her husband, the late architect Enric Miralles. The article includes a revealing slideshow of the interiors.
The house is a physical evidence of time and change that was romantically collaged in layers without a master plan, sketches or models. As Tagliabue explains to Wales in the article:
“It was in a terrible state. The occupants had knocked down interior walls and the floor and ceiling were collapsing.” Making the residence structurally safe was the first and most technical intervention—the rest was left to evolve naturally, sometimes with the architects supervising, at other times leaving decisions to their small team of trusted tradesmen. No sketches or models were devised; nor was there a master plan of the type so popular for signature residences by many architects of their caliber. As Tagliabue has stated, the house itself, and its history, steered the direction of the works.