Art Nouveau Carriage House to Barcelona Loft by Kirsten Schwalgien for Dwell

An Art Nouveau Carriage House Is Reborn as a Luxe Barcelona Loft: Architect Kirsten Schwalgien converts the former stable of a famed Catalan modernist building into a contemporary loft, Dwell, May 18, 2020.

The entrance to Amir Kassaei’s Barcelona loft passes through an ornate atrium with an extensively bracketed skylight, punctuated with brightly colored stained glass cut in organic motifs. A carved bear with arms around a lamppost is stationed at the newel of a curling, sculptural staircase.

Beneath it are arched double doors leading to the former carriage house of the art nouveau Casa Bures, designed by Francesc Berenguer i Mestres, an associate of Antoni Gaudí. Architect Kirsten Schwalgien transformed the space into a loft apartment while preserving its fluted cast-iron columns and Catalan vault ceilings.