The Habour House or “Casa de la Marina” in Spanish, was the first apartment building work of Coderch and Valls architects.
Located in the Barceloneta Quarter, just in front of
the Port Vell and
at two blocks from the Catalunya History Museum, this building is
considered as the reestablish Modernist principles in Barcelona in the difficult post-war years.
This small tower, built in a corner, follow the typology of long narrow blocks in the Barceloneta Quarter. It was built as publicly financed housing for fisherman, with a shop on the ground floor and small apartments on the higher floors.
As reaction to the normal rectangular block, the architects created an irregular plan. The use of a floor-to ceiling wood louver system on the fašade, disguises the stepped form of the perimeter balconies and windows.