Casa Thomas

Living in Casa Thomas: Rationality vs. Symbolism. Carme Fiol i Costa.

Architect Carmen Fiol Costa will give a lecture of Casa Thomas: Rationality vs. Symbolism at 10:00 at COAC* conference room on December 17th 2022, within the 45th course of the AADIPA** – Lluís Domènech i Montaner in Barcelona.

*El Col·legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya

**La Agrupación de Arquitectos para la Defensa y la Intervención en el Patrimonio Arquitectónico.


The architect explains the experience of living in a historic Art Nouveau house in Barcelona’s Eixample and the rehabilitation of the First floor Second door flat in 1987. The comprehensive rehabilitation of the flat where the rationality of the original typology allows a flexible use.

Inspired by the reconstruction of the Barcelona pavilion by Mies van der Rohe, the architectural transformation is guided by the contrast between the old and the new. The contrast is visible in the walls and in the furniture. The spatial singularity of the First floor Second door and the exquisite original materials are combined with durable contemporary materials. The intervention reflects on how to bring together the symbolism of Eixample with present-day housing in a neighborhood characterized by the rationality of the grid in the centre of Barcelona.

The full programme of the 45th course of AADIPA is attached down below.