Blog2024 ≫ Are the flats in Bar Vasa being downgraded?

The redevelopment of Bar Vasa has taken a very long time. It was turned into what looks like ten flats, all with huge windows giving a view out to sea. Maybe only one of the flats was actually occupied, people were in there quite early, before even the balconies were put up. Then the balconies started going up, then recently more scaffolding went up... and the big windows on the top two floors have been taken out again. They've been partly bricked up and turned back into two single windows instead of the huge glass frontage. Was it a problem with planning permission? Or have they realised there is more demand for flats with a different configuration, with two small rooms with small windows looking out to sea?

Here's what it looks like right now:

Bar Vasa 2024, redeveloped

And yet I can find no pictures of what it looked like mid development right now... imagine it's the same as that but with huge glass windows like there is on the ground and first floor but up on all floors. Strangely now I think about it I'm sure the only occupied level was the second floor, which is now bricked up again.

Ah here we go on Google Street View:

Bar Vasa mid development from Google Street View

This is Bar Vasa when it was still going as a bar, just about. See how the newly bricked up windows in the top picture match the original windows. This makes me think it's more to do with permissions.

Bar Vasa when it was still a bar, just about

Then special treat, when I was searching for Bar Vasa I found this one of me actually inside it in 2006. It was just dark there, I am not creeping around a derelict building.

Me in Bar Vasa in 2006

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