Barcelona-based studio Costa Calsamiglia Arquitecte completed the Casa OV project in 2012.
This warehouse conversion is located in Tarrega, a city in Catalonia, Spain. The original idea, appeared in the very first conversations between the architect, Guim Costa, and the interior designer, Oriol Vidal (also the owner and the future user) was to conserve the essence of the old warehouse that had great historical value related to the industrial heritage of the city and a number of interesting structural elements such as masonry walls and wooden beams, some with typical holes at one end of which was taken down from the woods of the upper parts of the Pyrenees by the so called “raiers” through the river Noguera Pallaresa . Thus, it was decided that the new metal structure were to be “autonomous” and separated over the old . The other important decision, given that the warehouse had very few openings to the outside and could not be opened because they were all party walls, unless the façade to the street, was to open a large interior patio, around which the program of the house would easily be accommodated.
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