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The plot is located at the end of one of the long blocks of houses in the Barceloneta neighbourhood. The program had two dwellings per floor planned, with three double bedrooms in each one. Coderch chose to use stone and brick load-bearing walls for the structure. The geometry respects the line parallel to the partition, but is distorted very freely in the transverse direction and also involves the supporting elements. The result is an introverted home, with great rusticity and dramatism thanks to the bending of the walls, the texture of the materials and the filtering of natural light.
Front building, with two flats per landing, located in the fishermen's Barceloneta neighbourhood. The layout of this neighborhood is a grid of very narrow blocks, with a single block of buildings between partitions that overlook two streets. The layout of the Coderch building seems distorted by the turns of the load-bearing walls, designed to make better use of the space, but with a clear expressive intention. The distribution is very clear, the night areas overlook the side façades, and the day areas occupy the front wall and the corners. The façade is divided into vertical strips, where load-bearing walls clad in glazed brick, alternated with lattices of adjustable wooden slats that protect the windows and terraces: one more step in the recovery of Eixample’s vernacular elements that Mitjans had begun in Amigó Street. Coderch designed these slats specifically for this building and developed them jointly with the Llambí furniture house, which patented them and named them after the company. Since then, the company abandoned the manufacture of furniture and specialised in the manufacture of slats, until today. Other references to the context should be noted, such as the canopy of the roof, which is perfectly flush with the cornice of the neighbouring building, and the cantilevers over the ground floor. Coderch was inventing a new modern language beyond rationalist orthodoxy.
José Antonio Coderch de Sentmenat, Manuel Valls i Vergés
Jaume Avellaneda Díaz Grande, Gustavo Coderch Giménez, Carles Fochs i Alvarez