Complete refurbishment of a flat in the centre of Madrid
The purpose of this project is to renew an old flat in the centre of Madrid to turn it into a transformable space.
The project hinges around two complementary strategies. Firstly, an open space is configured, and the whole programme is grouped and arranged around an L-shaped band on two sides. This band includes the access to the household, the outer façade windows, a folding bed, the storage space, a complete kitchen, a fold-down auxiliary table, access to the bathroom and the washing machine. It optimises the spatial distribution and compacts all the functions so that everyday activities can benefit from as much space as possible, all the while adapting to the geometry of the apartment. Secondly, a fitted screen on one of the sides can be deployed from the wall to create different domestic arrangements, by closing the bedroom, the kitchen or dividing the house into two.
Wooden rails serve to construct the whole. They are the attachment points for the screen and establish the lighting of the spaces.
The screen works in unison with hinged and foldable devices and with the lighting to configure a flexible space that serves to alter the ‘domestic stages’ (as if it were a ‘domestic theatre’) with simple operations, turning one house into a multiplicity of homes.
Architects: elii - Uriel Fogué + Eva Gil + Carlos Palacios Team: Pedro P. García, Alicia García, Ana López, Claire Laborde Construction: Dionisio Torralba Constucciones Carpentry: Alfredo Merino Caldas Photography: Miguel de Guzmán, Rocío Romero www.imagensubliminal.com