Transformation of an old printing press in Sabadell into a maisonette | This project is located in a three-storey building built in the early 1920s to house a printing press. After its closure and several changes of use that are not well documented, in the 1960s offices were built on the ground and first floors and two symmetrical dwellings on the second floor. These dwellings had become outdated and were in urgent need of updating. It was at this time that the pandemic hit and the owners decided to rethink the uses of the building to better adapt them to the new reality and their new needs. It then decided to intervene the two flats to build a new home and a studio. | A zen home where the light flows | The client needed a large space, full of natural light, connected to the outside and without anything that would cause the slightest stridency. In short, she wanted a peaceful space where she could meditate and rest, but also where she could receive guests, work and enjoy her passion: painting. | With these premises in mind, we have joined the two dwellings into one and built a new level and a large terrace. | To do this, the old staircase had to be demolished to fit a large steel structure containing the new staircase and a lift. In addition, the height lost under the gable roof has been used to create a new level with a separate entrance to the house, containing an office, a toilet and a painting studio. | On the ground floor, the layout is centrifugal, with a central unit containing part of the kitchen and storage. Light is not obstructed by any element from the façade openings of the bedrooms to the large windows of the terrace in the living room. The result is spaces with cross ventilation and full of natural light. | On this same floor, we find two double bedrooms and two complete bathrooms, a laundry room, a kitchen divided into three parts, plenty of storage and a large living-dining room on two levels that connects with the upper level through large windows. In addition, by demolishing the old laundry rooms and kitchens, a large outdoor space has been created that is completely connected to the living room. | Likewise, the bedrooms and living room enjoy a double eight ceiling, while all the service spaces such as the hall, kitchen, bathrooms and storage are on a more intimate level under the newly created mezzanine. | Wood, few furniture and a lot of art | The materiality responds to the client's interest in zen spaces and materials of noble and natural origin. In fact, the entire box is white and is contrasted with wood in the flooring, exterior joinery and the sparse furniture. | The touch of colour is given in the bathrooms, which have been tiled with green ceramic that recalls nature and fills the darker spaces of the home with life. Large mirrors have also been installed to enlarge the space and play with perspective. | In the stairwell, however, the original walls have been preserved, full of scars and construction materials that explain different periods and the building's past. | Selected and exquisite works of art, the result of the property's passion for painting, could not be missing. Only a few pieces have been selected from its collection to bring a point of sensibility to each of the spaces. These include original works by the Sabadell artist Agustí Puig and Alfons Borrell, as well as lithographs by Miró in the living room and by Tàpies in the kitchen.