Innovation in Ceramic Architecture: The TR HOUSE BARCELONA

Jan 26, 2021

The TR House Barcelona project by PMMT is a single-family home that takes on a unique approach to architectural design. Developed as a solution to the build and develop the existing sloping conditions of the land, the TR House project draws upon tile-cladding for privacy, light and stunning views in this three story home tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

The home is built in the gardens that surround an existing 19th-century home that once belonged to the client’s parents. The challenge was to integrate the new building into the landscape, without blocking any views of the residence while providing the homeowners with a sense of seclusion and privacy. The fairly steep slope required the architects to split the volume of the house, with rooms receding below street level.

The house is laid out and structured around a courtyard in the center of the home that connects to each of the interior rooms. The different levels of the home are brought together by a staircase surrounded by panoramic windows. 

While the design is sleek and modern, the home effortlessly blends with the lush landscape that surrounds it. The layout of the home places bedrooms towards the interior of the house for privacy, while the spaces made for entertaining are surrounded by large windows that connect the home with the landscape.

The home has several outdoor living spaces outlined by a continuous pattern glazed ceramic tiles stacked in a hanging interwoven stainless-steel wire mesh. The pattern surrounds the house to create a modern lattice-like facade. 

The ceramic tiles appear in four different colors that reflect the calming hues found in the natural scenery enveloping the home. These tiles have a glazed post-treatment and a layer of color applied to give the building its rustic and natural look. The facade, pergola, and roof are all tied together using this consistent lattice pattern.

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