A Carefully Converted Loft Near Barcelona’s Sagrada Família Asks €1.45M

The renovation maintains original elements of the 1961 factory including brick walls, hardwood floors, barrel-vaulted ceilings, stained-glass details, and even some of the industrial equipment that was left behind.
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Just a short stroll from Barcelona’s Sagrada Família, the famous, unfinished landmark by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, a unique loft conversion sits on Passatge de Còrsega, a quiet but centrally located residential street.

The former factory building—now a 3,153-square-foot home—is situated on a quiet residential street in Barcelona near Antoni Gaudí’s famed Sagrada Família.

With four bedrooms—one currently used as an office—and three full baths spread across 3,153 square feet, the former factory also includes a large terrace and a parking garage for two cars. The primary living area, with an open kitchen, two lounges, and a section with a pool table, gets plenty of natural light from a skylight in the barrel-vaulted ceiling. Photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftop provide a portion of the building’s electricity.

An original steel stairway and tall set of wood drawers were retained during the renovation.

The main living space holds two lounge areas bookended by a pool table and an open kitchen.

The original factory, built in 1961, ceased operations in the early 2000s and sat vacant for over a decade by the time the current owners purchased the property. Most of the equipment was disconnected but still remained in the spaces. Delighted by the factory’s wide-open, naturally lit rooms, the owners wanted to maintain the industrial spirit of the building while adding a few key contemporary materials.The renovation, completed in two stages in 2018 and 2019, was designed by architect Pedro Ayesta of local firm Ayesta-Daban Arquitectura.

A new kitchen counter and industrial refrigerator blend in with the leftover factory equipment and overall aesthetic of the loft. Overhead glazing fills the space with natural light.

A concrete platform in the main living area features a pool table near a reclaimed, stained-glass sliding door.

The principal bedroom occupies a penthouse-like space with a wall of factory windows that overlook the roof terrace.

The remodel celebrates the factory’s existing materials, blemished yet beautiful in their imperfection. The spacious rooms feature exposed brick walls, hardwood floors, industrial factory windows, steel ceiling beams and stairs, and barrel-vaulted concrete ceilings. An old water tank preserved from the factory stands in the corner of the primary living space with a new coat of navy-blue paint that transforms the artifact into a post-industrial sculpture. Scroll ahead to see more of the converted Barcelona loft, which is currently listed for €1,450,000.

A glass-walled shower and bath were incorporated into one corner of the principal bedroom.

Another bathroom maintains the original, floor-to-ceiling white tiles.

The bedrooms feature barrel-vaulted concrete ceilings interspersed with steel beams.

The two-car garage connects to the main living space through a set of reclaimed, stained-glass sliding doors. The parking area could also serve as an additional live/work studio.

The principal bedroom looks out onto a large terrace with glazed openings that flood the below living area with natural light.

Photovoltaic solar panels on the rooftop provide a portion of the building’s electricity.

This converted 1961 factory in Barcelona, Spain, is currently listed by  Barcelona & Costa Brava Sotheby’s International Realty for €1,450,000 ($1,634,540 USD).

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